Category: Illinois Great Rivers Annual Conference

Johnson, Lizzie L. (1869-1909)
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Johnson, Lizzie L. (1869-1909)

Raised Funds for Mission Through Her Disability From her home, in Casey, Illinois, Lizzie Johnson raised over $120,000 for missions. A back injury at age thirteen steadily worsened until, at age twenty-seven, she was unable to raise her head from the pillow. She could move only her hands and forearms. Interested in mission work, she wanted...

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...

Cartwright, Peter (1785-1872)
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Cartwright, Peter (1785-1872)

Pioneering Methodist Preacher in Illinois Peter Cartwright (1785-1872) was born in Amherst County, Virginia. The family soon moved to Logan County, Kentucky, where 16 year old Peter was converted at a camp meeting and joined the Methodist Episcopal Church. He became a preacher in 1802 and was later ordained by Francis Asbury and William McKendree....