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John Beecham (1787-1856)

John Beecham was born in Barnoldby le Beck in Lincolnshire. He was converted in 1812 and entered the Wesleyan ministry three years later.

From 1831 to 1855 Beecham served as a general secretary of the Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society and proved an excellent organiser with a good eye for detail. He was particularly active in strengthening missionary work in the West Indies and was prominent in the drawing up of constitutions for Conferences in France, Australia and Canada.

A close friend of Jabez Bunting, Beecham was a staunch supporter of the Connexion's conservative wing. He published a well-known Essay on the Constitution of Wesleyan Methodism in 1829 and an edition of John Wesley's sermons. Beecham served as President of Conference in 1850.

Source: Encyclopedia of World Methodism (1974) and Dictionary of Evangelical Biography 1739-1860, edited by Donald M. Lewis (1995)

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