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Joseph Cooke (1775-1811)

Joseph Cooke was born at Dudley in Worcestershire and entered the itinerancy in 1795. He was expelled by the Conference of 1806 for preaching doctrines incompatible with Methodism, such as denying the witness of the Holy Spirit. His supporters in Rochdale, where he had been stationed immediately prior to the controversy, built him a chapel where he ministered until his early death. Some of Cooke's followers went on to establish the Methodist Unitarian movement under the leadership of another former Wesleyan Joseph Ashworth.

Source: Encyclopedia of World Methodism (1974) and A History of the Methodist Church in Great Britain, volume 2, edited by Rupert Davies, Raymond George and Gordon Rupp (Epworth Press 1978), 326-328

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