BAILEYVILLE, Maine –¬† Francis Asbury was the most extraordinary preacher of his time, at the most exciting time in American history ‚ÄĒ the period of the American Revolution.
Asbury will ‚Äúcome alive‚ÄĚ at People‚Äôs United Methodist Church at 112 a.m. Sunday, July 31, during the worship service, in a presentation by Mark Alan Leslie, author of the nationally acclaimed novel Midnight Rider for the Morning Star.
Biographers have called Asbury the most influential Christian in the Western Hemisphere during his lifetime. Unveiling a statue of Asbury in Washington, D.C., then-President Calvin Coolidge said the preacher deserved a place alongside the country‚Äôs founding fathers.
The first circuit-riding preacher in America, the British-born Asbury sailed from England to America in 1771 just before the Revolution began and when there were only 600 Methodists in the colonies. With him at the helm, that number had grown to more than 210,000 by the time of his death in 1816. Asbury rode 5,000 to 6,000 miles a year throughout colonies and across the Allegheny Mountains scores of times. He traveled to Maine several times, speaking to crowds of as many as 4,000 to 5,000 at New England Conferences in the early 1800s.
Born in Eastport and raised at an early age in Pembroke, Leslie is a long-time journalist, has won three national writing awards and has spoken or preached from Maine to California.
Copies of the book, Midnight Rider for the Morning Star will be available for purchase following worship, and the author is available for signing. Refreshments will be served.
Contact Name: Pastor Elizabeth Bailey-Mitchell
Telephone Number: (207)446-7768