Category: Great Plains Annual Conference

Faust, Aletha Knapp (1904-1998)
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Faust, Aletha Knapp (1904-1998)

Pioneer Missionary in Nigeria For forty years, Aletha Knapp Faust served as a pioneer missionary in Nigeria, Africa, spanning the years 1930 to 1970. Born in Holton, Kansas, she graduated from North Central College, Naperville, Illinois, and earned a master’s degree at Hartford Seminary in Connecticut. During their first eighteen years with the Pero tribe...

Eldridge, Mary Louise Deming (1849-1933)
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Eldridge, Mary Louise Deming (1849-1933)

Pioneer missionary among the Navajo Widowed at an early age, Mary Eldridge entered the United States Indian Service and went to work at Haskell Institute, a training school for clerical and commercial work, in Lawrence, Kansas. From there she went to a school on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota to work among the...

Templin, Ralph T[odd]. (1896-1984)
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Templin, Ralph T[odd]. (1896-1984)

Missionary, Peacemaker, Activist Although exempt from military duty because of his pastoral duties in Vinton, Kansas, Ralph Templin waived that right and became a “Preacher-Soldier” in the 4th U.S. Navy Aero Squadron in 1917. After his return from World War I, Templin entered Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas. In 1920 he graduated and married Lila...