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Ole Peter Petersen
is credited as the founder of Methodism
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in Norway and co-founder of Norwegian and Danish Methodism in the United States
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Ole Peter Petersen was born in Fredrikstad
is a city and municipality in Østfold county, Norway. The administrative centre of the municipality is the city of Fredrikstad....
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the son of Peter Hansen, a ship’s carpenter and his wife, Catherine. Peter Hansen deserted his family in 1825, and a year later Catherine died. Petersen had thoughts of becoming a clergyman, but his low social status and lack of opportunity for higher education combined to discourage such a notion. He opted for the sea instead, leaving Fredrikstad in 1836. In 1845, during a stop in Charleston, South Carolina
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, Petersen heard a series of sermons that brought him to a consciousness awareness of Methodism.
Washington Prairie Norwegian Methodist Church located outside Decorah, Iowa
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is considered the mother church of Norwegian-American Methodism. Ole Peter Petersen first established this church and later returned to his native Norway where he established the first Methodist congregation in that country.
- Meistad, Tore Methodism as a Carrier of the Holiness Tradition in Norway (Alta: ALH-forskning, 1994)
- Hassing, Arne Methodism and Society in Norway, 1853-1918 (Northwestern University, 1974)