John Stephens (1772-1841)
John Stephens was born in St Dennis, Cornwall. He joined the Methodists at an early age and was accepted for the ministry at the age of twenty, after working as a tin miner. Stephens was a highly regarded circuit minister and preacher, who was elected President of Conference in 1827. As President, Stephens proved a firm supporter of traditional Wesleyan polity.
Stephens was forced by ill health to become a supernumary in 1834. He spent his last years in London.
Source: Minutes of Conference 1841, Encyclopedia of World Methodism (1974) and Dictionary of Evangelical Biography 1739-1860 edited by Donald M. Lewis (1995)