They were Philip Otterbein
and Jacob Albright.
Like Asbury, Philip Otterbein was born in Europe and had immigrated to the Colonies as a missionary prior to the Revolutionary War.
Like Asbury, during the war Otterbein remained in the colonies supporting the American cause.
ever returned to their native lands.
Like John Wesley, Otterbein
was a learned scholar having received his
formal education in Germany.
Upon his arrival to the colonies in 1752, Otterbein first settled in Lancaster, PA, beginning his ministry under the auspices of the German Reformed Church.
In 1766 Otterbein
happened to hear a Mennonite preacher named Martin Boehm preaching.
In 1774, Philip Otterbein accepted an invitation from a German-speaking congregation in Baltimore to become their pastor.
He accepted their invitation and remained their pastor for 39 years until his death on November 17, 1813.
Today the church is named in his
honor: Old Otterbein Church
Consequently Otterbein founded the United Brethren in Christ Church, and Albright the Evangelical Association.
In fact, Philip Otterbein
was present at the historic Christmas Conference on December 25th, 1784, when Asbury
was consecrated Bishop.
was even one of several men who laid hands on Asbury
during the consecration service.
in Westerville, Ohio, was named to honor Philip Otterbein
My wife happens to be a graduate of Otterbein
, as is Rev. Don Ciampa and all his brothers.
Grace United Methodist was founded in 1893 by a group of 17 men who were members of the United Brethren in Christ Church, founded by Philip Otterbein.