MONTVILLE, Maine — America’s first circuit-riding preacher, who defied death at the hands Indians, highwaymen and wolves, will “ come alive” at an afternoon-long celebration Sunday, Aug. 19, at 1101 Halldale Road in Montville.
Francis Asbury, who President Calvin Coolidge said deserved “ a place alongside the country’s founding fathers,” and who biographers have called the most influential Christian in the Western hemisphere during his lifetime, will speak at 2:30 PM in the person of author Mark Alan Leslie. Leslie, who wrote “Midnight Rider” for the Morning Star, will stand in the preacher’s place, minus the horse, to tell tales of the dangers he faces to share the salvation message of Jesus Christ.
The appearance is part of North Montville Baptist Church’s Pot Luck Ice Cream Social featuring bluegrass and country gospel groups as well as Friends of the King, and Don and Christa Pauley of China and a Contemporary Christian group from Northport.
Asbury was the most extraordinary preacher of his time, and that time being the most exciting time in American history–the period of the American Revolution through the country’s history.
The British-born Asbury sailed from England to America in 1771 just before the Revolution when almost all preachers confined themselves to the safety of cities.
Asbury immediately began riding the colonies from the Carolinas to Maine, spreading the gospel as far as “Downeast” and eventually organized hundreds of “circuits” for Methodist preachers to ride. Riding 5,000 to 6,000 miles a year, dozens of times crossing the Allegheny Mountains and facing danger, Asbury was better known across the young country than George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, or Benjamin Franklin.
Asbury’s memory is enshrined by statues in Washington, D.C., Drew University in Madison, NJ, and at Asbury College in Wilmore KY, and his name is memorialized by Asbury College in Wilmore, KY, Asbury Theological Seminaries in Orlando, FL and Wilmore KY and what is now called DePauw University in Greencastle, IN.
Mark Alan Leslie, who wrote “Midnight Rider”, based on Asbury’s life, for the Morning Star, will stand in the preacher’s place, minus the horse, to tell tales of the dangers he faces to share the salvation message of Jesus Christ.
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