Category: West Ohio Annual Conference

Rotifunk Hospital
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Rotifunk Hospital

UBC Hospital in Sierra Leone In 1891, the Women’s Missionary Association of the United Brethren in Christ sent Dr. Marietta Hatfield of Miami County Ohio to the Rotifunk mission station in Moyamba, Sierra Leone. There Dr. Hatfield’s medical work eventually led to founding a hospital. Dr. Hatfield was joined by two other medical women sent...

Sehon, Edmund W. (1808 – 1876)
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Sehon, Edmund W. (1808 – 1876)

Leader of Southern Methodist Missions Edmund Sehon was a member of the Ohio Annual Conference at the time of the dissolution of the bonds between Northern and Southern Methodism in 1844 and probably intended to remain in that connection. But the manner of the Ohio Conference’s dealing with Bishop Joshua Soule in 1845 (it would...

Strother, Emma Wilson (1900?-)
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Strother, Emma Wilson (1900?-)

Leader in and Student of Mission Following graduation from Dillard University in New Orleans, Emma Wilson Strother went to work with her mother, Clara J. Wilson, who was one of the superintendents of the National Friendship Home in Cincinnati. Emma later became superintendent of the Mother’s Memorial Center (now Wesley Child Care Center), which was...

Nast, Wilhelm (1807-1899)
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Nast, Wilhelm (1807-1899)

The First German Methodist Missionary Wilhelm Nast is appropriately known by German Methodists today, by the title of “The First German Methodist Missionary,” as well as the founder and organizer of the German branch of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Nast was born in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1807 and confirmed in the Lutheran Church at fourteen...

Showers, Justina L.
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Showers, Justina L.

EUB Mission Leader (This profile is adapted with excerpts from a profile by Mary McLanachan in the November, 1983 issue of New World Outlook magazine.  Mrs. Showers was 98 years old at the time of publication. She was born on January 4, 1885, into the family of Dr. and Mrs. E. S. Lorenz, founders of...

Templin, Ralph T[odd]. (1896-1984)
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Templin, Ralph T[odd]. (1896-1984)

Missionary, Peacemaker, Activist Although exempt from military duty because of his pastoral duties in Vinton, Kansas, Ralph Templin waived that right and became a “Preacher-Soldier” in the 4th U.S. Navy Aero Squadron in 1917. After his return from World War I, Templin entered Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas. In 1920 he graduated and married Lila...

Thoburn, Isabella (1840-1901)
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Thoburn, Isabella (1840-1901)

American Methodist missionary and educator in India Born in St. Clairsville, Ohio, of immigrant parents from Ireland, Thoburn, became a teacher. In 1866 her brother James Thoburn, a Methodist missionary in India, wrote to her, “How would you like to come and take charge of a school [for girls] if we decide to make the...

Stewart, John (1786-1823)
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Stewart, John (1786-1823)

Founder of the first permanent Methodist Episcopal mission among the American Indians Born in Virginia of free parentage, Stewart was a Baptist of mixed European and African descent. After he was robbed on his way to Ohio, he attempted to drink himself to death. Suffering agony of soul, he was delivered from depression by joining...