Tag: Church Development

Alphonse, Efraim (1896-1995)
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Alphonse, Efraim (1896-1995)

Traveling Evangelist and Leader of Methodist Church of the Caribbean and the Americas Alphonse was born in the Province of Bocas del Toro, Panama, in 1896. His father was a fisherman from Martinique and his French undoubtedly influenced young Efraim to appreciate languages. He completed his elementary and secondary education at Calabar College in Jamaica,...

Asbury, Francis (1745-1816)
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Asbury, Francis (1745-1816)

Missionary and Father of American Methodism Francis Asbury, the father of American Methodism, was a missionary before he became a bishop in 1784 and was a missionary afterwards — until the day he died in in late March, 1816. Asbury was a missionary in the style of those sent by Jesus in the Gospel of...

Ju Sam Ryang (1879 – 1950?)
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Ju Sam Ryang (1879 – 1950?)

Korean Evangelist, Teacher, and Bishop J. S. Ryang was born in Korea in 1879. He was educated and converted in the MECS mission schools in Shanghai. In 1906 he went to the United States and pastored a Korean church in San Francisco for three years. In 1909, he entered Vanderbilt, received his degree, and went...

Dacorso, Cesar, Filho (1892-1966)
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Dacorso, Cesar, Filho (1892-1966)

First Brazilian Methodist Bishop Cesar Dacorso (Filho, which means ‘junior’) was born to a French-Italian father and a Portuguese-Brazilian mother in Brazil’s Rio Grande do Sul state in 1892. He attended the Methodist mission Sunday school in Santa Maria and was educated at Instituto Granbery and Dom Pedro College. Dacorso entered the South Brazil Conference...

Alaska United Methodist Conference (formerly Alaska Missionary Conference)
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Alaska United Methodist Conference (formerly Alaska Missionary Conference)

Some of the first known Methodist missionary work was a result of visits from British Columbia to Wrangell in 1877 by the Reverend Thomas Crosby, pastor of the Fort Simpson Methodist Church. In 1886 John and Ethelda Carr were sent by the General Agent for Education in Alaska, Dr. Sheldon Jackson, to start a school...

Zdravko Beslov and Sophia Methodist Church
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Zdravko Beslov and Sophia Methodist Church

Faithful Survivors in Bulgaria The following story is submitted by Rev. Keith Berry. Rev. Berry visited Bulgaria with his late wife Marcia in 1992 while a member of the World Methodist Council. In the capital city, Sophia, Bulgaria, the Methodist building was confiscated by the Communists in 1947, just as the young pastor, Zdravko Beslov...

Varna Methodist Church, Varna, Bulgaria
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Varna Methodist Church, Varna, Bulgaria

Property Issues Lead to House Church Growth The following story is submitted by Rev. Keith Berry. Rev. Berry visited Bulgaria with his late wife Marcia in 1992 while a member of the World Methodist Council. In the city of Varna, on the Black Sea coast, the Methodist church was confiscated by the Communist government in...

Popov, Simeon
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Popov, Simeon

Encourager of Methodists in Communist Bulgaria The following story is submitted by Rev. Keith Berry. Rev. Berry visited Bulgaria with his late wife Marcia in 1992 while a member of the World Methodist Council. After a long and complex history, the modern nation of Bulgaria was established in 1870. The government declared that Eastern Orthodox...

Kim, Sundo
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Kim, Sundo

Pastor of Largest Methodist Church in Korea The following story is submitted by Rev. Keith Berry. Rev. Berry visited Korea with his late wife Marcia in 1991 while a member of the World Methodist Council. Sundo Kim had been born in 1930 and was reared in a Christian home in a Christian city in the...

Kathurima, Erastus
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Kathurima, Erastus

Evangelist and Pastor in Kenya The following story is submitted by Rev. Keith Berry. Rev. Berry visited Kenya with his late wife Marcia in 1986 while a member of the World Methodist Council. Erastus Kathurima graduated from a mission school in 1955 and became a shop assistant. His nation became independent in 1963, and his...