200th Anniversary of the Meeting between John Wesley and Thomas Coke - 1776

John Wesley and Thomas Coke 

Kingston St Mary, a small village in the Quantock Hills, near Taunton (Somerset), was the scene of a meeting two hundred years ago which proved a turning-point in the history of Methodism not only in England, but throughout the world.

The young curate, Thomas Coke, who left his parish the following year and threw in his lot with the Methodists, became Wesley’s right hand man and a key figure in Methodism on both sides of the Atlantic, the first bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and the founder of British Methodism’s overseas mission.

John and Charles Wesley