Early American Faith: The Wild Man of Goose Creek

By the late eighteenth century John Wesley’s Methodism, having spread to the American colonies, was formally established as the Methodist Episcopal Church in Baltimore in 1784.  While the Congregationalists and Episcopalians remained along the Eastern seaboard of America, Methodism began to spread with the push into uncharted territories to the west.

Methodists weren’t shy about their faith as circuit-riding preachers accompanied patriots who received land grants for their war service, crossing the mountains and heading to Tennessee and Kentucky.  Often the first person settlers met along the way was a man on a horse with a Bible in his hand.  While Francis Asbury is widely credited as the most famous circuit rider and responsible for Methodism’s early exploding growth (1784-1816), there is another man who made his mark in a much briefer period of time (1800-1804).

John Adam Granade, a descendant of French ancestors . . .

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  1. Another great Circuit Riding Methodist was Peter Cartwright.

    • I saw his name while researching this story.

  2. Superb job on Grenade. He was a flash in the pan but did some fantastic work while he worked for God. Interestingly enough the old primitive and regular baptists still sing a few of his songs. Methodist’s have totally abandoned them.


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