Inductees Archive

Charles Wesley

Charles Wesley was born in 1707 in Epworth, England. He entered Christ Church College at Oxford in the year 1726. He traveled with his preacher brother John to the colony of Georgia in America and served as secretary to the Governor, James Ogelthorpe. Upon his return to England he experienced a spiritual awakening and thus began a life of writing gospel songs. He wrote more than 6,000 songs during his lifetime, many times under extreme persecution from the Church of England, who charged him and his brother John with blasphemy. Later he was ordained a minister in the Church of England. Over two centuries have passed since Charles Wesley began to write gospel songs, and many of them are beloved classics sung in thousands of churches throughout the world. Some of his great songs include “Christ The Lord Is Risen Today”, “Hark The Herald Angels Sing”, “Jesus Lover of My Soul”, “O, For A Thousand Tongues To Sing”, “Love Divine”, “All Love Excelling”.


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Significant Songs

  • “O For A Thousand Tongues to Sing”
  • “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”
  • “Love Divine”



Theologian John Wesley was his brother



Gary Chapman singing “O For A Thousand Tongues To Sing”


Amy Grant singing “Hark!  The Herald Angels Sing”