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Henry Piers (1694-1770)

Henry Piers was born in Chichester, the son of an army officer. He graduated from Trinity College Dublin, and was ordained into the Anglican Church. After serving a curacy at Winwick in Lancashire, he was appointed vicar of Bexley in Kent in 1737.

Piers was introduced to Charles Wesley by the wealthy Delamotte family of his parish, and Wesley's sister Kezia lived for a while at Piers's vicarage. In 1738 Piers underwent an evangelical conversion and joined the Fetter Lane Society. He attended the first conference of 1744, but in later years drifted away from the movement although he never made a complete break.

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

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