Francis Asbury came to the American colonies in 1771 1. John Wesley one of the founders of Methodism2 recognized him as the father of American Methodists. Asbury spent the last 45 years of his life spreading Methodism through out America. If you don't know who Francis is you may be either not a Methodist or not a theology student/ graduate (to the best of my knowledge, I am neither).
I only heard of him because he has a beautiful plaque on Franklin St. & 19th St. in Richmond, VA and I looked it up.
Photo by Jeff Majer