Tag: Church Development

Marquez, Felipe
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Marquez, Felipe

Horseback Riding Early Filipino Pastor Felipe Marquez was one of the first Filipino pastors to be ordained. When Nicholas Zamora became the first ordained elder, Felipe Marquez was ordained deacon. Pastor Marquez started his work in Manila and moved to Gerona, Tarlac, as traveling evangelist on horseback. Later in 1903, he was transferred to Dagupan,...

Alejandro, Dionisio D. (1893-1974)
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Alejandro, Dionisio D. (1893-1974)

Filipino Evangelist and Bishop Dionisio D. Alejandro, at a young age became an interpreter for the American missionaries in his hometown of San Isidro, Nueva Ecija, stirring an early passion for the church. He became an active member of the Methodist young people’s group called the Epworth League, forerunner of the Methodist Youth Fellowship. Rev....

Minor, Rüdiger R. (1939-2017)
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Minor, Rüdiger R. (1939-2017)

First United Methodist Bishop in Russia When Bishop Rüdiger (Ruediger) R. Minor became the first United Methodist bishop to reside in Moscow, he was uniquely qualified to head a mission to oversee the denomination’s fledgling congregations there and in other parts of the former Soviet Union. As a child, one of his earliest memories was...

Rodriguez, Flor
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Rodriguez, Flor

First Clergywoman in Methodist Church of Chile, Missionary to Ecuador “I was feeling unloved, lonely, angry. I was 12 years old, a poor child off the streets when I saw the open doors of a Methodist church. I walked in and dared their hospitality.” Now Flor Rodriguez looks back on her life in the church,...

Kim, Yonghuk
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Kim, Yonghuk

Korean Immigrant Pastor and Martyr in Russia In 2014 the United Methodist Church in Eurasia has celebrated its 125th anniversary since the first Methodist congregation started in Eurasia. It was in the year 1889, when a small Methodist congregation began to meet in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. For over 125 years the Spirit has moved and inspired...

Vuksta, Ivan Vasilievich
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Vuksta, Ivan Vasilievich

Faithful Methodist Pastor in Ukraine during Communist Rule In 2014 the United Methodist Church in Eurasia has celebrated its 125th anniversary since the first Methodist congregation started in Eurasia. It was in the year 1889, when a small Methodist congregation began to meet in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. For over 125 years the Spirit has moved and...

Springer, Bishop John McKendree (1873–1963)
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Springer, Bishop John McKendree (1873–1963)

Founder of Methodism in the Congo Although Methodist missionaries ventured into the Belgian Congo before John Springer, notably Bishop William Taylor with the Methodist Episcopal Church in the late 1800s, Springer’s enterprising evangelistic explorations in the early 20th century are credited with the founding of the present-day United Methodist Church in the Democratic Republic of...

Roberts, William
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Roberts, William

Circuit Rider of the Far West In 1847, before the California gold rush and in the early years of the Oregon Trail migration, the Reverend William Roberts arrived in the Willamette Valley, to become the third superintendent of the Oregon Mission. William M. Roberts was born in Burlington, New Jersey in 1812, was city reared...

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...

Gilbert, John Wesley (1865-1923)
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Gilbert, John Wesley (1865-1923)

CME Pioneer of MECS Congo Mission John Wesley Gilbert, a minister in the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church (CMEC) and professor at Paine College, accompanied Bishop Walter Russell Lambuth on his exploration trip to establish a Methodist Episcopal Church, South (MECS), mission in the Congo. Both in 1865, Gilbert, who held B.A., M.A., and D.D., was...