Category: Tennessee Annual Conference

Martin, Edith (1900-1979)
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Martin, Edith (1900-1979)

Mama Yema in the Congo Growing up in Harrison, Arkansas, Edith wanted to become a missionary and serve in Africa. After graduation from Peabody and Scarritt Colleges in Nashville, Tennessee, she was commissioned in 1931, and spent the next thirty-six years in Zaire (Congo) involved in Christian education, women’s work, social evangelism, directing schools and...

Tillman, Sadie Wilson (1895-1974)
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Tillman, Sadie Wilson (1895-1974)

Prominent US Leader of Women’s Mission By the 1960s, Sadie Wilson Tillman, who was born in Tennessee, and grew up a member of a small rural church near Lewisburg, had become one of the nation’s most prominent church women. From 1924 to 1927, she was Director of Christian Education at Laura Haygood Normal School, in...

Mai Gray
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Mai Gray

A Methodist and an Activist Mai Gray, the first African-American woman to be president of United Methodist Women, was deeply dedicated both to the Methodist tradition and to fighting segregation. Born in Jackson, Tennessee, in 1922, Gray worked with her husband, a Methodist pastor, to build a coalition of leadership in the Central Jurisdiction, the...

McGavock, Willie Elizabeth Harding (1832-1895)
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McGavock, Willie Elizabeth Harding (1832-1895)

Co-founder of the Woman’s Foreign Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South Willie Elizabeth Harding McGavock was a Tennessee resident whose life centered in her family, her home and the Woman’s Foreign Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, of which she was a founder. In 1875, when she heard Dr. and Mrs....

Snell, John Abner (Soo E-sang) (1880 ~ 1936)
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Snell, John Abner (Soo E-sang) (1880 ~ 1936)

Leading missionary doctor in China During his lifetime, John Abner Snell achieved an almost mythic stature. His siblings proudly described themselves as the brothers or sisters of Dr. John Snell, “the famous missionary doctor.”[1] Among his colleagues, he was considered to be “one of the most progressive and capable surgeons of modern times.”[2] Vanderbilt University...

Park, Nora Kate Lambuth
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Park, Nora Kate Lambuth

Missionary to China for forty-eight years Nora Lambuth, daughter of Rev. J. W. Lambuth and Mary McClellan Lambuth, was born in 1863 while her parents, who were missionaries in Shanghai, China, with the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, were home on furlough in Mississippi. She was born in a log cabin on her grandfather J.R. Lambuth’s...

Sawyer, Sallie
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Sawyer, Sallie

Co-founder of Bethlehem Centers of Nashville More than 100 years ago, Estelle Haskins, a white missionary with the Methodist Training School in Nashville, and Sallie Sawyer, an African American graduate of Fisk University, teacher and member of Capers Memorial Colored Methodist Episcopal Church, merged their services to start a kindergarten, well-baby clinic, sewing circle and...