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John Jones (1721-85)

John Jones was born in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire.

He was educated at Oxford University and qualified as a doctor of medicine in 1745. I

nitially under the influence of Howell Harris and the Countess of Huntingdon, he began to preach at the Foundery in 1746 and almost immediately occupied an important place in John Wesley's plans.

From 1748 to 1758 he was the first headmaster of the newly established Kingswood School and later took charge of Methodist Societies in Bristol and Cornwall before moving to London as Wesley's chief assistant in the capital. It is likely that Jones was regarded for a time by Wesley as his successor, after Charles Wesley.

Jones was ordained into the Anglican ministry in 1767 after an earlier ordination by a Greek Orthodox bishop and ended his days as Vicar of Harwich.

Source: Dictionary of Evangelical Biography 1739-1860, edited by Donald M. Lewis (1995) and John Jones - First after the Wesleys? by Barrett Sackett (1972), WHS publication 7

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