|Birth: ||Dec. 12, 1718|
|Death: ||Jul. 4, 1755, England|
Rev. John Cennick was one of Rev. John Wesley's early Methodist Lay Preachers. He became a Moravian Evangelist and hymn writer. When he died in London at the age of 36, he left a wife and two children.
Simpson, Bishop Matthew
Cyclopedia of Methodism, embracing sketches of its rise, progress and present condition, with biographical notices and numerous illustrations, 1882, Page 176
Cennick, John, was the son of Quakers or Friends. He was awakened in 1735, and after severe self-mortification found peace September 6, 1737. He at once commenced preaching and writing hymns, many of which Charles Wesley corrected and published in 1739. He is the author of the hymn beginning, "Jesus, my all to heaven is gone." Mr. Truman says that "there can be no doubt that John Cennick was one of John Wesley's Lay Preachers before Maxwell was, "who has generally been considered his first." It was at Rev. George Whitefield's suggestion that Cennick became the first master or Chaplain of Kingswood School. In his preaching he became Calvinistic, and John Wesley finally disowned him with a number of others, and they connected themselves with Mr. Whitefield. Mr. Wesley said emphatically that it was not on account of doctrine, but because of their personal abuse, that he disowned them. Mr. Cennick soon left the Calvinistic Methodists and united with the Moravians. After all this he wrote Mr. Wesley a kind letter, in which he says that he really loved "the servants and witnesses of Jesus in all the world, and wished all to prosper." Mr. Wesley answered in the same spirit, "Although his career was comparatively short, yet in zealous, successful labor it is difficult to equal it." He had a lion's courage and martyr's piety, but his passions sometimes mastered his prudence." He died in 1755.
**Kingswood School was a school for collier's (coal miners) children.
"Ae 36 Yrs"
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Greater London, England
Created by: Mary Jane Haight-Eckert
Record added: Jun 27, 2008
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