Thomas Secker(1693-1768), Archbishop of Canterbury
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Thomas Secker was born into a family of Dissenters - Protestant Christians who did not follow the beliefs and practices of the Church of England. As a young man Secker began to question his religious allegiance and in 1722 he was ordained into the Church of England. He rose rapidly through the Church, holding a succession of ecclesiastical offices until he was appointed Archbishop of Canterbury in 1758. Secker was considered a moderate leader and, due to his background, particularly able to appreciate the best aspects of the newest dissenting movement, Methodism. He encouraged the clergy to emulate the Methodists and reform by engaging in a dialogue with parishioners.