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Jacob Rogers (1715-1779)

Jacob Rogers was born at Gilderstone in Yorkshire. He was educated at Batley Grammar School and graduated from Trinity College Cambridge in 1737, in which year Rogers was also ordained a deacon in the Church of England.

Rogers was converted to Methodism by the ministry of Benjamin Ingham and Francis Okely while living in Bedford. He started an open-air ministry in association with George Whitefield and Charles Wesley and in 1740 he founded with Okely what became a Moravian congregation the following year. Rogers served the Bedford Moravians for ten years, although he also regularly preached further afield. In 1752 he was sent to North America where he took charge of Moravian settlements in Pennsylvania and North Carolina. He returned to England in 1761 to lead a new Moravian congregation in Bath.

Source: Dictionary of Evangelical Biography 1739-1860, edited by Donald M. Lewis (1995)

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