He joined the WM society in Preston after a controversy in the Presbyterian church in which he had grown up. He became a close friend of William Bramwell and both became local preachers and, together with Michael Emmett, became known as 'the Apostles of the Fylde'. He was revered as a fine Christian gentleman, known for his eloquent and powerful expository preaching. He entertained John Wesley in 1781 and 1784. With financial means, a keen mind and deep piety, he contributed generously to the first WM chapel in Back Lane.