Wesley was ordained as an Anglican priest and joined the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel. He accompanied his brother to Georgia, serving as General James Oglethorpe’s secretary and as chaplain at Fort Frederica on St. Simon’s Island. It wasn’t a long or a happy stay, but the Moravians he met in America influenced him deeply.
Back in England, Wesley preached to huge crowds as an itinerant minister and published his Hymns and Sacred Poems in 1739.
The man who eventually wrote more than 6,500 hymns still sung after two centuries first arrived in Georgia on March 9, 1736, Today in Georgia History.
Charles Wesley's grandson, Samuel Sebastian Wesley, was one of the Britain's foremost composers of the 19th century.