Category: Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference

Appenzeller, Henry G. (1858-1902)
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Appenzeller, Henry G. (1858-1902)

Pioneer Methodist Missionary to Korea Henry G. Appenzeller, together with his wife, Ella, and in company with Presbyterian Horace G. Underwood, set foot on dry ground at Chemulpo (present day Inchon) on Easter Day, April 5, 1885. From that time until his tragic death in a steamship collision off the coast of Korea in June,...

Strawbridge, Robert (? – 1781)
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Strawbridge, Robert (? – 1781)

Pioneer Methodist lay preacher in the United States Robert Strawbridge ( ? -1781) emigrated from Ireland to Frederick County, Maryland sometime between 1760 and 1766. A Methodist preacher in Ireland, he began preaching in Maryland soon after his arrival, making him the pioneer of Methodism on the American continent. He preached in his log cabin...

Coombs, Lucinda L. (1849 ~ 1919)
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Coombs, Lucinda L. (1849 ~ 1919)

First female medical missionary to China Coombs graduated from the Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania and was sent to China by the Woman’s Foreign Missionary Society (WFMS) of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Possibly the first female medical missionary of any denomination in that country, she arrived in Peking (Beijing) in September 1873; two years later...

Maclay, Robert Samuel (1824 ~ 1907)
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Maclay, Robert Samuel (1824 ~ 1907)

Methodist Episcopal missionary to China and Japan Born in Concord, Pennsylvania, Maclay graduated from Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in 1846. He arrived in China in 1848 and was secretary, superintendent, and treasurer for Methodist missions in China from 1852 to 1872. In 1861, he wrote Life among the Chinese. He also helped translate the Bible into...

Smith, Amanda [Berry] (1837-1915)
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Smith, Amanda [Berry] (1837-1915)

African American Holiness Evangelist and Missionary Amanda Berry was born into slavery at Long Green, Maryland. She was married in 1854 to Calvin M. Devine and her conversion followed two years later. After her husband died in the Civil War, she moved to Philadelphia and married James Smith, and ordained deacon at Mother Bethel African...