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Joseph Entwisle (1767-1841)

Joseph Entwisle was born in Manchester of Presbyterian and High Church stock. He began preaching at the age of sixteen and entered the itinerancy in 1787.

Entwisle was responsible in 1802 for the introduction of stricter regulations for the testing of ministerial candidates and in 1804 became the secretary of the first Wesleyan Missionary Committee. He served as President of Conference in 1812 and 1825 and as the first house governor of the Theological Institution between 1834 and 1838.

He died at Tadcaster in Yorkshire three years after retirement.

Source: Encyclopedia of World Methodism (1974) and Dictionary of Evangelical Biography, edited by Donald Lewis (1995)

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