INCIDENTS #51 - ELIZABETH RUSSO
Subject: INCIDENTS #51
From: ELIZABETH RUSSO
Date: November 09, 1998

INCIDENTS AND CHARACTERS IN THE EARLY HISTORY OF METHODISM

By

The Reverend John Elmore DuBois

Edited by Elizabeth A. DuBois
(c) 1998  DuBois Publishing Co, Simsbury, Connecticut. All rights
reserved.


SIXTEEN [Cont.]
Union Church

Soon after this a few families united in building a church nine miles
south of Greensboro.  It was a union church, and so used.  All
denominations received ministers with gladness-Methodists, Baptists,
Presbyterians, Episcopalians, Catholics, Huguenots-all united in
attending services and showed an interest in the progress of
Christianity.  I gave them an appointment, and after serving them some
time as best I could, I announced a protracted meeting, to begin on a
certain day, and opened up as appointed.

	After I had been in operation awhile a young man, just preparing for
the ministry, came to my assistance.  He was rather tall, with a smooth,
youthful face, but earnest, grave, dignified.  His style of preaching
was pre-eminently his own.  He seemed to have no model-no master.  His
aim seemed to be to convince-to turn sinners from sin.  The first thing
he did was to place a bench in front of the pulpit for an altar, and
after every sermon to invited penitents.  Several days passed without
results.  He was about to close the meeting, but was urged to continue. 
He consented and pursued the same plan of altar work.  Finally they
began to come to the altar, and the Spirit came down and scores of souls
were converted.  This young preacher was Jno. C. Keener, Bishop of the
M. E. Church, South.  No doubt the Bishop remembers that time of
refreshing and success of his early ministry.

[To be continued]

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