Category: Northern Illinois Annual Conference

Janice Gintzler
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Janice Gintzler

Living Out Care for the Environment In 2016, I took a mission trip to the Ecuadorian Amazon Rain forest. We stayed at Yasuni National Park, that we reached by canoe. On day 1, a representative from Amazon Watch led us a short way into the rain forest. Reliably, it was drizzling. Yellow warning ribbon encircled the area....

Howell, Mabel Katharine (1874-1957)
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Howell, Mabel Katharine (1874-1957)

Mission Educator and Administrator Howell was born in New Jersey in 1874 and earned her Ph.D. degree in sociology from Cornell in 1896. She completed her formal education with a seminary degree from University of Chicago. She taught in Richmond, Kentucky, for four years, coming under the influence of Belle Bennett. In 1903, Bennett persuaded...

Robinson, Dr. Jane Bancroft (1847-1932)
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Robinson, Dr. Jane Bancroft (1847-1932)

Early Proponent of the Deaconess Movement Jane Bancroft Robinson, daughter of a Methodist minister, studied in the United States, Switzerland, and France, earning many degrees, including a Ph.D. She was professor of French Literature and Language at Northwestern University and dean of its Woman’s College from 1878 to 1885. She married George O. Robinson in...

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...

May, Felton (1935-2017)
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May, Felton (1935-2017)

Advocate of Holy Boldness Bishop Felton E. May often spoke of the need for “holy boldness” — and his admirers said he lived the phrase. He was a forceful preacher and a force away from the pulpit. “You did not have to ask him to enter the fray,” said James H. Salley, associate vice chancellor...

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....

Collins, Susan Angeline
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Collins, Susan Angeline

Missionary Worker in Quéssua, Angola Miss Susan Angeline Collins was the daughter of Isaac Collins—born in North Carolina in 1808, emancipated in 1845, and served in the Civil War, 1864-1865—and Sarah Ann Joiner Collins—born in 1825 and emancipated in 1839. Miss Collins was their fourth daughter. As a young woman, she worked for a pastor,...

Willard, Frances
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Willard, Frances

Doing Justice: Women’s Suffrage, Workers’ Rights, Anti-Child Labor Efforts Courageous Methodist women, such as Anna Howard Shaw and Frances Willard, were leaders in the struggles for women’s suffrage and worker rights, including efforts against child labor. In 1904 Ms. Shaw became president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association. She also pressed for women’s right...

Bushnell, Katharine C. (1855–1946)
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Bushnell, Katharine C. (1855–1946)

Missionary, Activist, Scholar and Writer for Women’s Equality Born in Peru, Illinois, Bushnell’s studies at Northwestern University (1873-74) foreshadowed events of her future. Firstly, she began studying Greek and Latin, which would eventually culminate in her publication of God’s Word to Women. Secondly, she studied under Francis Willard, then dean of the women’s college at...

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...

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