Thomas Coke Consecrated First Bishop in Methodist Episcopal Church Hot

Thomas Coke Consecrated First Bishop in Methodist Episcopal Church

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Thomas Coke is consecrated as the first "bishop" in the Methodist Episcopal Church by the founder of Methodism, John Wesley.

Coke will later be instrumental in the development and growth of Methodism in North America, and for this he becomes known as the Father of Methodist Missions.

The consecration of Thomas Coke as bishop is irregular because John Wesley has no ecclesiastical authority to do it. He does, however, perceive that there is an emergency as well as an opportunity which demands it.

In the wake of England's loss in the American Revolution, large numbers of Anglican priests returned home. Wesley wanted some new ministers for the newly independent American state, but the Bishop of London refused to accommodate him.

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