"I Felt My Heart Strangely Warmed" ~ May 24, 1728: John Wesley was born as the 15th child of Susanna and Samuel Wesley in Epworth, England. That's why so many Methodist churches carry the name Epworth. If you were able to ask the founder of the Methodist movement on what day he was born, he would have said June 28. The proud Methodist buried here, perhaps in an effort to affirm his believer status, chose to die on the 185th anniversary of Wesley's birth. Now the riddle: If Wesley was born on June 28 (1703), why do we commemorate his birthday on June 17?