Perhaps no one was better suited to provide a written history of the Methodist Episcopal
Church than Nathan Bangs. The brilliant, self-educated theologian had not only served
as president of Wesleyan University, but he had also volunteered himself as an itinerant
preacher in Canada during a time of war. Later, he founded the Methodist Missionary
Society. The third volume of Bangs’ History picks up where the last left off, at
the end of the War of 1812. With the Methodist church growing and gaining notoriety,
controversies over theology and practice enabled it to better define itself. Bangs includes
the names and proceedings of the General Conferences during this time (1816-1828).