Dissatisfied with the Lutheran Church in his community, Albright temporarily associated with the Methodists but soon began to preach among his German neighbors and to Germans throughout eastern and central Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia, for whom he believed no adequate religious culture was being provided. By 1800 his followers were so numerous that he established the first classes of the United Brethren denomination and in 1803 held an official conference of his coworkers. He was named a bishop of the church in 1807 and charged with the responsibility of drafting a form of government and order, which he left incomplete at his premature death on 18 May 1808. He lies buried in Kleinfeltersville, Pennsylvania, where the Evangelical Church (later the Evangelical United Brethren Church), of which he was the founder, erected a memorial church in 1850.
Albright, Raymond W. A History of the Evangelical Church. Rev. ed. Harrisburg, PA, 1945: 21-82.
|Author(s)||Raymond W Albright|
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