Thursday, June 07, 2007

The Laying on of Hands

(Yup, I'm in there.)
Ordination Chain for C.S. Roberts

On September 1, 1784, John Wesley ordained Richard Whatcoat and Thomas Vasey deacons. The next morning, September 2, 1784, Wesley ordained Whatcoat and Vasey Elders and Thomas Coke superintendent. A few days later the three of them set out for America with documents and instructions from Wesley for the founding of The Methodist Church in America.

During a conference held in Baltimore in December of 1784, that purpose was consummated and Francis Asbury was ordained deacon, elder, and superintendent by Thomas Coke on December 25, 26, and 27, respectively.

Francis Asbury ordained Elijah Hedding; Hedding ordained Randolph Sinks Foster, Foster ordained Harry Lester Smith; Smith ordained Ralph T. Alton.

Ralph T. Alton ordained me, and on this 2nd day of June, 2007, I ordained you an Elder in The United Methodist Church.

Michael J Coyner, Bishop
Indiana Area of The United Methodist Church


Blogger tom ream said...

When you put it this way, it doesn't seem like Wesley was that far back.

By the way, on your profile you are no long and probationary elder.



8:33 PM  
Anonymous John Meunier said...


I have never seen the ordination chain before.

So, since Wesley was ordained, that means we can trace your ordination back to the apostles?

7:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did Wesley have the authority to ordain?!

1:15 PM  

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