Category: United Church of Christ in Japan

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...

Newton, J. C. C.
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Newton, J. C. C.

Christian Statesman, President of Kwansei Gakuin The life of Dr. J.C.C. Newton, one of the founders of Kwansei Gakuin, is a very inspirational. Not only was he a kind and skilled educator and pastor, his physical presence was so impressive, that even one week before his death, at the age of 83, a person attending...

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...

Feely, Gertrude
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Feely, Gertrude

Mission educator in Japan Gertrude M. Feely was a Methodist Episcopal Church, South, missionary in Japan. She served under the guidance of the Women’s Division of the MECS and after 1940 of the Methodist Church. Feely received her B.S. from the University of Missouri in 1927. She earned an M.A. from Scarritt College in Tennessee...

Maclay, Robert Samuel (1824 ~ 1907)
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Maclay, Robert Samuel (1824 ~ 1907)

Methodist Episcopal missionary to China and Japan Born in Concord, Pennsylvania, Maclay graduated from Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in 1846. He arrived in China in 1848 and was secretary, superintendent, and treasurer for Methodist missions in China from 1852 to 1872. In 1861, he wrote Life among the Chinese. He also helped translate the Bible into...

Miyama, Kanichi
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Miyama, Kanichi

Founder of Japanese-American Methodism; missionary to Hawaii and Japan In 1877, when only fifty or sixty Japanese had arrived in San Francisco, Kanichi Miyama and K. Nonaka began to receive Christian instruction from Otis Gibson of the Chinese Mission, and later united with the Church. Kanichi Miyama was a native of Japan, born in Choshu...

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...

Sunamoto, Teikichi
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Sunamoto, Teikichi

A Founder of Methodism in Japan [The Rev. Sunamoto was a Japanese Methodist pastor and evangelist working with members of the missionary Lambuth family and others in establishing the Methodist Church in Japan in the late 19th century. Following his death in May 1938, World Outlook magazine, then a publication of the Methodist Episcopal Church,...

Soper, Edmund Davison (1876-1961)
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Soper, Edmund Davison (1876-1961)

Methodist Mission Educator Soper was born in Tokyo, Japan, of American Methodist missionary parents. Following graduation from Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and Drew Theological Seminary, Madison, New Jersey, he first expressed his lifelong interest in fundamental problems of the Christian world mission as field secretary of the Missionary Education Movement (1906-1910). Beginning in 1910 as...

Iglehart, Charles W[heeler], (1882-1969)
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Iglehart, Charles W[heeler], (1882-1969)

American Methodist missionary and Leader of Protestant Christianity in Japan Iglehart was born in Evansville, Indiana, and spent much of his youth in New York City, where his father was a prominent Methodist pastor. Educated at Columbia University (B.A., 1902) and Drew University (M.Div., 1906; Ph.D., 1934), he received honorary degrees from Syracuse University and...