Tag: Board of Missions

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...

Sears, Kathryne Jeannette Bieri (1904-98)
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Sears, Kathryne Jeannette Bieri (1904-98)

Missionary, Mission Board Staff, and Mission Advocate From her early years of growing up in a parsonage to her years as a professional person, and later a lay woman active in church affairs, Kathryne Bieri Sears was devoted to mission. At age twenty-four, she was the first single woman appointed by the Methodist Episcopal Board...

Nicholson, Evelyn Riley (1883-1967)
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Nicholson, Evelyn Riley (1883-1967)

Advocate for Women’s Roles in Mission Evelyn Riley Nicholson was born in Minnesota. She was president of the Woman’s Foreign Missionary Society from 1921 to 1940. In 1923, she gave a major address at the International Missionary Council on “The Place of Women in the Church on the Mission Field.” One of the first women...

Dodge, Ralph Edward
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Dodge, Ralph Edward

Mission Bishop Promoted Indigenous Leaders Ralph E. Dodge was an outspoken advocate for racial justice in Africa and the last white bishop of the United Methodist Church in Zimbabwe (Rhodesia) during that country’s colonial era. Dodge’s 1956 election as a Methodist bishop for central and southern Africa marked the only time that an American Methodist...

Hoover, Theressa
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Hoover, Theressa

First African-American woman mission executive; mentor to many women Theressa Hoover was the first and she made sure she was not the last. The first African-American woman to become a top staff executive for The United Methodist Church was a mentor to many young women, promoted the leadership of laywomen and engineered a secure future...

Stevens, Thelma
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Stevens, Thelma

Champion of Social Justice Thelma Stevens, 1902-1990, became a mission legend across the 28 years (1940-1968) she served as secretary for Christian social relations of the Woman’s Division of the Board of Missions of The Methodist Church, her years in that office exactly paralleling those of that denomination’s existence from its unification of northern and...

Moore, Bishop Arthur J.
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Moore, Bishop Arthur J.

“Mr. Mission” Bishop Arthur J. Moore was “Mr. Mission” for a generation of Methodists in the middle of the 20th century. He was president of the unified Board of Missions of The Methodist Church (forerunner of the Board of Global Ministries) from its founding in 1940 through 1956, and had played a pivotal role in...

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...

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...