Nope! The color of John Wesley’s hair doesn’t really matter, does it? But some of us “history nuts” are intrigued by the question. Most biographies of Wesley say that his hair was long and auburn colored. However, more than one biographer claims that it was jet black. In Tanzania at a pastor’s workshop on Wesley some years ago I was telling about all this and one of the native pastors commented, “It really doesn’t matter what color Wesley’s hair was or if he had a hooked nose, etc ...” What John Wesley did and said is more important than the color of his hair or the shape of his nose. Even more important than what Wesley did and said is what God did through him and wants to do today through the Church He founded.
If you want to know about Wesley’s hair, though, you can examine a lock of it at the Arthur J. Moore Methodist Museum at Epworth by the Sea on St. Simons Island, Georgia.
*A John Wesley Moment brought to you by Rev. Dave Hanson, a well-known John Wesley scholar and friend of the Arthur J. Moore Methodist Museum.