Methodists began as an evangelistic movement in England in the 18th century, led by John Wesley. Wesley was an Anglican clergyman who felt an urgent call to preach the Gospel to ordinary people everywhere at every opportunity. This brought him into conflict with the strict rules of the Church of England, so that his groups had no place in the structure and became separate.

The Methodist movement in Wales turned away from some of Wesley’s theological views, and called themselves Calvinistic Methodists. Later they formed themselves into the Presbyterian Church of Wales. However, many Welsh Presbyterians, especially in the North, still call themselves Methodists, and refer to Methodists (of the English variety) as “Wesleyans”.

For Methodist congregations in the Faith Wales area, click here.


The Chaplaincy to the University of Glamorgan provides the following information from its own researchers. Each page has been checked by the chaplaincy advisor from the relevant faith group. Within every major religion, there are differences of opinion between leaders, and between leaders and followers. We only aim to provide an overview.