Lyon, John C
Lyon, John C.
a noted German minister in the Methodist Episcopal Church, was born in Leonsberg, in the kingdom of Wurtemberg, Germany, February 11, 1802. His parents were of the Lutheran faith, and John received a Christian training. In 1817 he emigrated to this country, and some nine years later was brought nearer the cross, at once joined the Methodist Episcopal Church. and, after due preparation, entered the ministry, in which he continued for thirty-four years, preaching both to English and German congregations with great acceptance. He received consecutively the following appointments: 1828, Baltimore Conference, Huntington; 1829, Gettysburgh; 1830, Carlisle Circuit; 1831, Baltimore; 1832-33, Baltimore, Sharp Street, and Asbury; 1834, superannuated; 1835, Lexington; 1836, Lewisburgh Circuit; 1837-38, Rockingham; 1839-40, Augusta; 1841, York; 1842-45, New York Conference, Second Street German Church; 1846-48, Philadelphia; 184952, presiding elder of New York German District; 185354, East Baltimore; 1855-56, New York, Second Street; 1857, Fortieth Street; 1858-59, Philadelphia; 1860, Frederick City; 1861, East Baltimore. In 1862 he was superannuated, and died May 16,1868. "Brother Lyon was an earnest, faithful worker in the Gospel, never tiring, esteeming all labor light which served to advance his Master's glory.... He was a mighty man of God in the pulpit, a devout and holy man in life, a pleasant companion, a kind husband, a good father, a sweet singer in Zion, a useful laborer, turning many to righteousness." — Conf. Minutes, 1869, page 108.