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Vincent Perronet (1693-1785)


Vincent Perronet was born in London, the son of a Swiss surgeon. He was educated at Queen's College Oxford and after ordination served a curacy at Sundridge in Kent before being appointed Vicar of Shoreham in 1728.

Perronet was introduced to John Wesley in 1744 and soon became one of the closest associates and advisors of the Wesley brothers. He attended the Conference of 1747 and his influence as an elder statesman of the evangelical movement, is reflected in the fact that he was sometimes referred to as the Archbishop of Methodism.

His sons Edward (1721-92) and Charles (1723-76) both served as Methodist itinerant preachers but broke away in later life. Edward Perronet wrote the hymn 'All Hail the Power of Jesu's Name'.

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

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