I was ordained July 10, 1987, when General Superintendent, Dr. Earle Wilson, laid hands on me, shook my hand, and declared, "Take Thou Authority to Preach the Word!"
I was thinking about that recently, and began to wonder how far back I could go with the succession of my ordination. So, I did a little research.
I was ordained by Earle Wilson
Earle Wilson was ordained by Pilgrim Holiness General Superintendent, William Neff
William Neff was ordained by the Pilgrim founder, Seth Rees
Seth Rees was ordained by Nazarene founder, Phineas Bresee
Phineas Bresee was ordained by Methodist Bishop, Levi Scott
Levi Scott was ordained by Elijah Hedding.
Elijah Hedding was ordained by Francis Asbury
Francis Asbury was ordained by a renegade Anglican priest named John Wesley
John Wesley was ordained by Anglican Bishop (of Oxford) John Potter.
From Potter -- there's a trail all the way back to St. Peter!!
You can see the chart here. (Potter is at the bottom of the page #90.
Now, how about that??