Francis Asbury was the most extraordinary preacher of his time, which was the most exciting time in American history — the period of the American Revolution through the country’s infancy.

Asbury will “come alive” at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 10 at Aldersgate United Methodist Church at 156 Lakeview Dr. in a presentation by Mark Alan Leslie, author of the novel “Midnight Rider” for the Morning Star.

The British-born Asbury sailed from England to America in 1771 just before the Revolution began and when there were only 600 Methodists in the colonies. With him at the helm, creating circuits and himself riding 5,000 to 6,000 miles a year throughout colonies and across the Allegheny Mountains, that number had grown to more than 210,000 by the time of his death in 1816. Biographers have called Asbury the most influential Christian in the western hemisphere during his lifetime.

Biographer Ezra Squier Tipple wrote of Asbury’s preaching that it was as if “when he lifted the trumpet to his lips the Almighty blew the blast” and his speech would “make his hearers tremble, smite them with terror, and cause them to fall as dead men.”

Leslie will stand in Asbury’s place, minus the horse.

Worship will be led by Rev. Jacquelyn Brannen of Aldersgate United Methodist Church and Thomaston Federated Church.