John Cennick

(1718—1755) lay preacher and Moravian minister

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(1718–55). A Moravian evangelist with roots in Calvinistic Methodism, Cennick first arrived in Ireland in 1746 and made an initial impact on popular Protestantism in Dublin. His greatest influence, however, was in the north of Ireland, where he was instrumental in establishing some 200 Moravian societies in the period 1747–52. Cennick has left a remarkable journal of his early experiences in Ireland, now located in Moravian Church House in London. It offers a vivid account of noisy meetings, theological disputes, internecine arguments, prickly personality clashes, and immense evangelistic optimism. Cennick's career ended unhappily as ill health and strained relations with the Moravians sapped his energies, but there is no denying his significance in the early expansion of popular evangelicalism in Ireland.

From The Oxford Companion to Irish History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: European History.

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