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Philip William Otterbein

1726-1813. Co-founder of the Church of the United Brethren in Christ.* He was born in Prussia, son of a Reformed minister, studied at Herborn, and was ordained to the ministry of the Reformed Church. In 1752 he responded to an appeal from [[Michael Schlatter]] to do missionary work in America. While serving as pastor to the German Reformed congregation of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, he struggled earnestly in his attempts to preach a vital message, but felt inadequate in explaining how one might know the assurance of salvation. A moving spiritual experience brought him into a more complete awareness of salvation in Christ, and he began to preach with more power and effectiveness the need for every person to experience repentance and a new birth. He organized prayer meetings, trained laymen for evangelistic work, and worked closely with ministers of other denominations, including Methodist bishop [[Francis Asbury]],* in whose consecration service he participated. Bishop and co-founder with