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June 17 in Christian History

Jun 17, 2012 09:39 AM EDT

1703 - Birth of John Wesley, English founder of Methodism. The systematic disciplines of the 'Holy Club,' which John and his brother Charles founded, elicited the nickname 'Methodies' from their critics.

1822 - In New York City, the first elders of the newly founded African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Zion Church were ordained.

1846 - Iowa College was chartered in Davenport under the joint sponsorship of the Congregational and Presbyterian churches. The school changed location in 1859 and was later renamed Grinnell College.

1859 - Birth of J. Wilbur Chapman, Presbyterian pastor and evangelist who authored a number of hymns, including 'One Day When Heaven Was Filled with His Praises.'

1963 - English apologist C.S. Lewis wrote in a letter: 'Has this world been so kind to you that you should leave it with regret? There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.'

© 1987-2012, William D. Blake. Used by permission of the author, from

Almanac of the Christian Church