- Free Wesleyan Church
The Free Wesleyan Church (Siasi Uesiliana Tau‘ataina ‘o Tonga in Tongan [ [http://www.tongatapu.net.to/tonga/convictions/christianity/default.htm Tonga on the 'NET - Christianity and The Kingdom of Tonga: Free Wesleyan Church] ] ) is the largest
Methodistdenomination in Tonga. The royal family of the country are prominent members, and the late king was a lay preacher.
It was founded as the Free Church of Tonga in 1885, when King
George Tupou Idecided that a sovereign nation, in the process of promoting its sovereignty abroad by means of bilateral treaties with Western nations, should have an independent (Wesleyan) Church.
* [http://www.tongatapu.net.to/tonga/convictions/christianity/fwc/fwc.html Free Wesleyan Church Website]
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