This Week in Texas Methodist History

Date Posted: 10/8/2013

Three Preachers Issue Prospectus for Texas Wesleyan Banner - October 1848


The early history of Texas Methodist journalism is a story of fits and starts. The first Methodist newspaper in  was a project of the Rev. Robert B. Wells, the preacher at Brenham.  In 1847 he began publishing the Texas Christian Advocate and Brenham Advertiser. Although he had the support of Texas Conference clergy and laity, Wells couldn’t make a success of the enterprise. In early 1848 Wells turned the paper over to his father-in-law, Orceneth Fisher, who moved the paper to  and renamed it The Texas Christian Advocate. Fisher ran the paper as a private enterprise. 


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