Benjamin Rhodes (1743-1816)
Benjamin Rhodes was born at Mexborough in Yorkshire, the son of a schoolmaster. He had several conversion experiences in childhood and became a class leader at the age of twenty-one. He entered the itinerancy in 1766 and was appointed to the Legal Hundred in 1784. Rhodes exercised an active circuit ministry until superannuation in 1806.
He lived in retirement in Stroud, Gloucestershire, before moving to Margate, Kent, six years before he died.
Rhodes was a hymn-writer of note, whose most famous piece is 'My heart and voice I raise'.
Source: Encyclopedia of World Methodism (1974), Dictionary of Evangelical Biography, edited by Donald Lewis (1995), Methodist Magazine 1816, 705 and Kenneth B. Garlick, An Alphabetical Arrangement of Wesleyan Methodist Preachers and Missionaries, and the Stations to which they were appointed 1739-1818