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Charles Prest (1806-75)

Charles Prest was born in Bath, Somerset. He entered the Wesleyan ministry in 1828 and exercised an active ministry for forty-six years, serving as President of Conference in 1862.

Prest was very active in the reorganisation of the Wesleyan Church after the disputes and separations of the mid-nineteenth century. He was secretary of the Committee of Priviledges for nineteen years and was one of the treasurers of the Schools Fund, in which capacity he promoted the building of the new Kingswood School. He is best known for his reorganisation and expansion of home missions during the last eighteen years of his life. Prest was also a staunch opponent of the influence of Roman Catholicism on national affairs.

Prest died at Lee in Kent.

Source: Minutes of Conference 1876 and Encyclopedia of World Methodism (1974)

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