John Wesley begins his ministry in Georgia and senses potential trouble

2/2/2015

JOHN WESLEY MOMENTS
DAVE HANSON

After spending almost a month waiting for Rev. Quincey to leave Savannah, John Wesley became the pastor of Christ Church. He had waited on the ship “Simmons” and spent time with the Germans who came to Georgia with Oglethorpe. Finally, in early March 1736 he led his first worship service in the small public building on Bay Street.

Almost at once he sensed potential trouble for himself and his ministry in Savannah. After that first worship service he wrote to his brother Charles, who had gone to St. Simons Island with Oglethorpe and most of their shipmates. In that letter he told Charles, “Today at worship two young, attractive, single women attended. Pray for me! That I will not know them after the flesh.”

Sophie Hopkey and her girlfriend were the two young women. Wesley was worried that they might distract him from his ministry. He asked the German pastor what he should do in regard to his relationship with women. Rev Spandenburg advised him to never be alone with a woman.

His relationship with Sophie became a source of great distress and was a major cause of his departure from Georgia two years later.