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Thomas Vasey (c.1746-1826)

Thomas Vasey was one of the pioneers of American Methodism. Details of his early life are unknown, although he was said to have first been employed by Wesley as a preacher in about 1775. In 1784 he was ordained in Bristol for the mission to North America alongside Richard Whatcoat and Thomas Coke. He stayed in America for about two years and was ordained into the Anglican ministry by Bishop White of Philadelphia.

After his return to England, he worked as an itinerant mainly in the North until 1811 when he was appointed as a Reader or resident ordained clergyman in London. He died in Leeds, Yorkshire.

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

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