Category: Mission Pioneers

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,...

Pamla, Charles (1834-1917)
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Pamla, Charles (1834-1917)

South African Revival Leader and Translator for William Taylor Charles Pamla was born of Christian parents at Butterworth in the Transkei in 1834. His father, Mdingazwe, was the son of Zulu, a prominent chief of the Amabambo tribe in Natal. Charles Pamla was converted to Christianity early in life and was baptized by Rev. W....

Moots, Cornelia Chillson (1843-1929)
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Moots, Cornelia Chillson (1843-1929)

Pioneering WFMS & WCTU Missionary to the Philippines Cornelia Chillson Moots or “Mother Moots” was one of the four pioneer WFMS missionaries to the Philippines. A native of Bay City, Michigan, Moots was an evangelist for the Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU), an organization with recognized links to holiness piety. Moots took over duties at...

Old Mutare Mission
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Old Mutare Mission

Early center of Methodism in Zimbabwe The town of Mutare was originally founded in 1891 but when a proposed railway line from Beira could not be constructed through the site it was decided to move the settlement to a different location situated on the railway line. When Cecil Rhodes was asked what he intended to...

Cox Memorial UMC
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Cox Memorial UMC

Home church of first MEC foreign missionary Methodism in Hallowell dates from October 13, 1793, when Jesse Lee preached in the town. This was probably the first Methodist sermon ever heard in the Kennebec region of Maine. In 1800, a revival was held by Epaphras Kibby, and the first two converts, Charles and Martha Cox,...

Willamette Mission
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Willamette Mission

Heritage Landmark for first Methodist work in Oregon In 1831, four Flathead Indians from The Oregon Country walked to St. Louis “seeking a book containing directions on how to conduct themselves in order to enjoy” the favor of “the Great Spirit.” Their story, told in a letter which appeared in The Christian Advocate and Journal,...

McMahan Chapel
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McMahan Chapel

Heritage Landmark for first Methodist church in Texas Just over the border from Louisiana stands McMahan Chapel, the oldest Protestant church with a continuous history in Texas. In 1831, when Samuel Doak McMahan (1789-1854) emigrated to Texas from Tennessee, that area was the San Augustine Municipality of the Mexican Government, and Protestant preaching was illegal....

Newtown Indian UMC [Okmulgee, Oklahoma]
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Newtown Indian UMC [Okmulgee, Oklahoma]

First Methodist church among the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Okmulgee Newtown Church has had a presence among the Mvskoke people for nearly 200 years. Its history is like a river, which began humbly, as a small spring, growing to be a mighty river of influence in the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Indian Territory and the Oklahoma Indian...

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...

Wyandotte Mission
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Wyandotte Mission

Heritage Landmark for early mission to Native Americans The Wyandotte Indians moved into Ohio in the mid-eighteenth century from Canada and Michigan. They settled on the Sandusky Plains. Their encounter with Methodism came in 1816, in the person of John Stewart. Stewart (1786-1823) was a mulatto, of African and probably East Indian descent. He was...