Bentley, Christopher an English Methodist preacher, was born at Greenhow Hill, Pateley Bridge, about 1824. He was converted when young, joined the Methodist Society, and became a local preacher at seventeen. In 1844 he removed into the Bakewell Circuit, where his preaching made him very popular. In 1849 he entered into business, but in 1854 gave it up, and in 1855 was accepted as an itinerant minister in the Methodist Free Church, travelling in twelve circuits as an earnest, active, and successful preacher. He had a valuable library of old theology well studied. Going to Lancaster in 1877 in feeble health, his weakness increased, but he continued to preach on the Sabbath till his death by apoplexy, May 16, 1868. He was a genial, benevolent, godly man. See Minutes of the 22d Annual Assembly.