1727-1729 - Two Important Years in John Wesley's life



As his father’s curate (associate pastor), John Wesley served a small congregation in the village of Wroote, England. He was helping his father get out of debt.

During that time a serious crisis arose within the Wesley household. John’s elder sister Hetty fell in love. Her father would have nothing to do with Hetty’s young man, so she eloped. But soon she returned, crushed, broken, and disgraced. The young man would not marry her.

Her father was so scandalized that he could not tolerate hearing her name mentioned in the home. He forced her to marry a plumber named Wright. He would not forgive Hetty. So one Sunday John preached a sermon about the importance of forgiving others. Everybody knew he was talking about his father, Samuel. Samuel was furious and even threatened to go to the Bishop and place formal charges against his own son for such conduct.

In reflecting on his years at Wroote, John said he almost lost his soul out there in the country with those country people and their country problems. He was a scholar and a mystic who loved the ivy towers of the university. He rejoiced when told that to remain a Fellow of Lincoln College he would have to return and actually teach classes.