Tag: Liberia

Rench, Millicent “Billie”
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Rench, Millicent “Billie”

Passionate spokesperson for mission Millicent Rench, fondly known to those who loved her as “Billie,” was a passionate spokesperson for mission in her local church and throughout United Methodism in eastern Michigan, an area known during her life as the Detroit Conference of the United Methodist Church. Rench was also passionate about her church family....

Mason, Mary W. (1791-1868)
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Mason, Mary W. (1791-1868)

Founding Director of New York Female Missionary Society Mary Mason was among the leadership of such New York charitable organizations as the Female Assistance Society, the Asylum for Lying In-Women, and the Female Benevolent Society. She was a founder of the Sunday school movement in New York City, taught at the Five Points Mission, and...

Hall, Anna E. (1870-1964)
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Hall, Anna E. (1870-1964)

Long-time African-American missionary educator in Liberia Anna E. Hall was born near Bainbridge, Georgia on March 1st, 1870. She lived a religiously oriented childhood with her mother, a seamstress, and expressed the desire to serve as a missionary while a student at Clark University (now Clark Atlanta University) in Atlanta, Georgia, where she completed the...

College of West Africa
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College of West Africa

Heritage Landmark of Methodist education in Liberia The College of West Africa (CWA), a college preparatory high school in Monrovia, Liberia, and the second oldest secondary school in the country, has prepared leaders for all levels of government, business, and social services. Several well-known people, including current President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (first female...

Cox Memorial UMC
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Cox Memorial UMC

Home church of first MEC foreign missionary Methodism in Hallowell dates from October 13, 1793, when Jesse Lee preached in the town. This was probably the first Methodist sermon ever heard in the Kennebec region of Maine. In 1800, a revival was held by Epaphras Kibby, and the first two converts, Charles and Martha Cox,...

Harley, George and Winifred
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Harley, George and Winifred

Founders of Ganta Methodist Mission Station in Liberia Dr. George Way Harley and Winifred Frances Jewell Harley, a botanist, founded and served the Ganta mission station in Nimba County, Liberia, from 1925 to 1960. Dr. Harley was a prolific and dedicated man whose interests could not be confined to one profession. An article in World...

Alexander Priestly Camphor (1865 – 1919)
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Alexander Priestly Camphor (1865 – 1919)

African-American Missionary Bishop for Liberia Alexander Priestly Camphor was an African American missionary of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He was born to slave parents in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. They died while he was a small child, and he was adopted and raised by Stephen Priestly, a white Methodist minister. Camphor was educated in Methodist Freedmen’s...

Cox, Melville Beveridge (1799-1833)
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Cox, Melville Beveridge (1799-1833)

Pioneer Methodist Episcopal missionary in Liberia Born near Hollowell, Maine, Cox entered the New England Methodist Conference in 1822 as an itinerant preacher. After contracting tuberculosis in 1825, he was unable to preach and moved to Baltimore, where he worked in a bookstore and edited a weekly newspaper. He married Ellen Cromwell, but within two...

Taylor, William (1821-1902)
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Taylor, William (1821-1902)

Methodist Episcopal missionary bishop, mission theorist, and holiness advocate Born to Stuart and Martha (Hickman) Taylor in Rockbridge County, Virginia, Taylor was converted in 1841 at a Methodist Episcopal camp meeting. Appointed a Methodist missionary to California (1849), he ministered without salary to Native Americans and Chinese immigrants, and to the sick and the poor....