Category: New York Annual Conference

Crosby, Fanny (1820-1915)
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Crosby, Fanny (1820-1915)

Hymn Writer, Urban Missionary While known today primarily as a prolific hymn writer, Fanny Crosby (aka Fanny Van Alstyne and Frances Jane Crosby) was also an influential figure in the “rescue mission” movement of the late 19th century, notably in New York City where she lived most of her adult life. Ecumenical in spirit, she...

Harkness, Georgia (1891-1974)
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Harkness, Georgia (1891-1974)

May Peace Abound: The Legacy of Georgia Harkness “May truth and freedom come to every nation; may peace abound where strife has raged so long; that each may seek to love and build together, a world united, righting every wrong; a world united in its love for freedom, proclaiming peace together in one song.” The...

Mason, Mary W. (1791-1868)
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Mason, Mary W. (1791-1868)

Founding Director of New York Female Missionary Society Mary Mason was among the leadership of such New York charitable organizations as the Female Assistance Society, the Asylum for Lying In-Women, and the Female Benevolent Society. She was a founder of the Sunday school movement in New York City, taught at the Five Points Mission, and...

Welch, Herbert (1862-1969)
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Welch, Herbert (1862-1969)

Mission Bishop and Founder of Relief Agency Herbert Welch (1862-1969), the longest serving Methodist bishop, played multiple roles of lasting significance in the mission and social history of the church. His accomplishments included: Originator and first executive (1940 to 1948) of what is today the United Methodist Committee on Relief, the disaster response and development...

New York Methodist Hospital
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New York Methodist Hospital

Oldest Methodist Hospital in the United States On January 27, 1881, the Methodist Episcopal newspaper, The Christian Advocate, printed a piece by its influential editor, James Monroe Buckley. Buckley had been a church pastor in Connecticut just before his election as editor. The editorial related the unhappy story of the organist at Buckley’s former charge....

John Street UMC
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John Street UMC

Oldest Methodist Congregation in the United States The story of the John Street Church actually begins in Ireland, where Philip Embury, his wife, Barbara Ruckle Heck (Embury’s cousin), and her husband were converted to Methodism. Philip Embury became one of Wesley’s local preachers. In 1760, a number of Irish Methodists, including the Emburys and the...

White, Moses Clark (1819 ~ 1900)
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White, Moses Clark (1819 ~ 1900)

Methodist Episcopal pioneer in China Born in Paris, New York, White studied both theology and medicine at Yale University after graduating from Wesleyan University. He and his wife, Jane Atwater White, together with Judson D. Collins, arrived in Foochow (Fuzhou) in September 1847, and opened the first Methodist work in China. In 1851, three years...

Petersen, Ole Peter
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Petersen, Ole Peter

Founder of Norwegian Methodism and Co-Founder of Norwegian-American Methodism Methodism in Norway owes its introduction to a single founder, Ole Peter Petersen. As a young Norwegian sailor, Petersen had his first contact with the Methodists in Boston in 1843. The next three years brought much serious reflection and a strong feeling of spiritual need. In...

Hedström, Olof Gustaf (1803-77)
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Hedström, Olof Gustaf (1803-77)

Missionary to Swedish sailors and immigrants to the US Olof Gustaf Hedström was born in the province of Kronberg, Sweden. At age twenty-to, he shipped as a sailor on a vessel bound for South America. It was diverted from its course and in 1825 entered the port of New York where it was sold. On...

Mathews, Alma
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Mathews, Alma

Home missionary who worked with immigrant women They were strangers in a strange land. The story is as old as time, as biblical as Genesis and Revelation and as contemporary as today’s headlines. Human history is a story of migrants and immigration. People left home, wherever or whatever home was, in search of safety, economic...

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