One of John Wesley's Bristol printers, he was an important member of the local Methodist society. Described as a 'Puritan', he distanced himself from Wesley by publishing works in support of the American 'rebels' in the 1770s. He also disagreed with Wesley in the 1780s over the appointment of a new trust for the New Room. As a trustee of the Guinea Street chapel he was among those who opposed the Conference in the 1790s in the dispute over control of the chapels. In his later years he associated increasingly with the local Baptists.