|1.||a member of any of the Nonconformist denominations that derive from the system of faith and practice initiated by John Wesley and his followers|
|2.||of or relating to Methodism or the Church embodying it (the Methodist Church)|
A Protestant denomination founded by the English clergyman John Wesley and his brother Charles Wesley in the eighteenth century. Methodists are generally flexible in doctrine and in church organization, and stress the social responsibility of Christians. Next to the Baptists, Methodists are the most numerous group of Protestants in the United States.