WHERE: The Methodist Church started in Oxford, England, in the Holy Room on the campus of Oxford University.
WHO: John Wesley, an evangelist and his brother, Charles Wesley, a writer.
WHY: Out of protest. The religion of England was Roman Catholicism, a faith which gives the Pope all the authority in to how one should worship God. The Wesley brothers felt that each individual should be free to worship God at will. So, out of protest, the Protestant Church, which is simply a Christian Church or a group of Christians, split from the Roman Catholic Church in the 16th Century based on a desire to study the Bible and worship God in their own way, was organized.
HOW: The Wesley Brothers, along with a few other students, held services daily in the Holy Room. Other students on the campus; in an attempt to make fun of them, would say, “… there goes those Methodists.” This was in reference to their methodical worship. From the repetition of this scenario, the name “Methodist” became an accepted term of identification.
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