Category: California-Pacific Annual Conference

Aiea UMC, Aiea, Hawaii
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Aiea UMC, Aiea, Hawaii

Mission Founded and Mission Serving Congregation in Hawaii Aiea UMC has a heart for going into the world and engaging with partners to assist in their outreach. Aiea was first a preaching point of the Japanese Methodist Church in Honolulu. In 1900, the Aiea Japanese Methodist Church was established. The church began as a mission...

Rolling Hills UMC, Rolling Hills Estates, California
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Rolling Hills UMC, Rolling Hills Estates, California

Congregation with Historic, Extensive Support of Varied Local and Global Mission At Rolling Hills United Methodist Church in Rolling Hills Estates, California, we have a long history of support for mission, both locally and globally. Our congregation has a few members who served as missionaries. The Rasmussens served in Japan. They bring a rich understanding to...

Robinson, Dr. Jane Bancroft (1847-1932)
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Robinson, Dr. Jane Bancroft (1847-1932)

Early Proponent of the Deaconess Movement Jane Bancroft Robinson, daughter of a Methodist minister, studied in the United States, Switzerland, and France, earning many degrees, including a Ph.D. She was professor of French Literature and Language at Northwestern University and dean of its Woman’s College from 1878 to 1885. She married George O. Robinson in...

Baker, James Chamberlain (1879 – 1969)
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Baker, James Chamberlain (1879 – 1969)

Mission Bishop, Ecumenical Leader, and Father of the Wesley Foundation Movement Bishop James Chamberlain Baker, 1879 – 1969, was a prominent mission bishop and ecumenical mission leader who is likely best remembered as “Father of the Wesley Foundation movement”—student ministries on the campuses of publicly funded colleges and universities. He served as a bishop in...

Miller, Margaret Ross (1870-1955)
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Miller, Margaret Ross (1870-1955)

Proponent of Women Leaders Margaret Ross Miller helped form church women’s organizations in the Philippine Islands, Panama, Costa Rica, Mexico, Argentina and Chile, as well as in California. Her husband was appointed to special work in South America prior to his election as bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1924. In 1921, Mrs. Miller...

Susannah Wesley Home, Honolulu
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Susannah Wesley Home, Honolulu

Early Women’s Home in Hawaii Home and foreign missions, as known in the early days, met in Hawaii, the national Corresponding Secretary announced that Mrs. Angie Newman had organized an auxiliary of the Woman’s Home Missionary Society in the First Methodist Church of Honolulu. A significant sentence followed: “A Japanese woman has been employed to...

Roberts, William
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Roberts, William

Circuit Rider of the Far West In 1847, before the California gold rush and in the early years of the Oregon Trail migration, the Reverend William Roberts arrived in the Willamette Valley, to become the third superintendent of the Oregon Mission. William M. Roberts was born in Burlington, New Jersey in 1812, was city reared...

Gibson, Otis
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Gibson, Otis

MEC missionary to China and Chinese-Americans In 1854, at the age of 27, Otis Gibson, a graduate of Dickinson College, was appointed a missionary to China, along with Dr. Erastus Wentworth, professor of natural sciences at Dickinson and one of the original sponsors of the Methodist Episcopal Church’s China Mission. Gibson and his wife reached...

Miyama, Kanichi
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Miyama, Kanichi

Founder of Japanese-American Methodism; missionary to Hawaii and Japan In 1877, when only fifty or sixty Japanese had arrived in San Francisco, Kanichi Miyama and K. Nonaka began to receive Christian instruction from Otis Gibson of the Chinese Mission, and later united with the Church. Kanichi Miyama was a native of Japan, born in Choshu...

Holbrook, Ella
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Holbrook, Ella

Faithful Service in Hawaii: Susannah Wesley Community Center With a $500 grant from the Woman’s Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church, Ella Holbrook set out as a missionary with Japanese and Korean women immigrant laborers on plantations in Hawaii in 1899. Ms. Holbrook went house-to-house, visiting with the women and organizing English-language and...