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Schism

John Wigger

in American Saint Francis Asbury and the Methodists

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780195387803
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199866410 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195387803.003.0013
Schism

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William Glendinning and William Hammet represented two significant challenges to Asbury’s authority in the early 1790s. Though neither was much of a direct threat, together they helped to set the stage for O’Kelly’s protest at the 1792 General Conference. At the conference, O’Kelly proposed that itinerant preachers be allowed to appeal their annual circuit appointments made by Asbury. After much debate, during which Thomas Coke now opposed O’Kelly, the conference rejected O’Kelly’s proposal and he left the church. With a group of followers O’Kelly started a new church, the Republican Methodist Church.

Keywords: appointment; circuit; Thomas Coke; General Conference; William Glendinning; William Hammet; itinerant preachers; James O’Kelly; protest; Republican Methodist Church

Chapter.  7872 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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