Engraving of The Revd. James Creighton (1739-1818).
Born and ordained in Ireland, Creighton served as curate in Swanlinbar between 1769 and 1783. He met John Wesley for the first time in 1773 and was converted to Methodism in 1776. Creighton's new faith antagonised his own parish and Irish Catholics in general, so he left Ireland and became an assistant at Wesley's Chapel, City Road, in 1783. One of his tasks there was to edit the Arminian Magazine, which he did between 1788 and 1792.
Creighton assisted at the controversial ordination in Bristol of Thomas Coke and preachers for America (1784) and was named as one of the 'Legal Hundred' in the Deed of Declaration the same year. Creighton was also a writer and poet and published 'A Dictionary of Scripture Proper Names' (1808), among other works.