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James Creighton (1737-1819)

James Creighton was born in County Cavan, Ireland. He graduated from Trinity College Dublin and was ordained into the Church of Ireland in 1764. Appointed to a curacy in the Cathedral Church, he corresponded with John Wesley in 1773. After much soul-searching, Creighton underwent a conversion experience three years later and commenced an evangelical ministry from his parish of Swanlinbar near Londonderry.

After meeting with opposition from the parish Rector, Creighton moved to London in 1783 to act as one of Wesley's clerical helpers. He assisted Wesley in the ordination of Thomas Coke for North America in 1784 and helped to place the printing of the Arminian Magazine on a more secure footing.

After Wesley's death, Creighton continued his ministry from City Road Chapel, preaching and administering communion to the Methodists of central London.

Source: Encyclopedia of World Methodism (1974), C. F Crookshank, Methodism in Ireland (1885-1888) and Dictionary of Evangelical Biography 1739-1860, edited by Donald M. Lewis (1995)

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