Tag: Mission Personnel

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...

Tillman, Sadie Wilson (1895-1974)
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Tillman, Sadie Wilson (1895-1974)

Prominent US Leader of Women’s Mission By the 1960s, Sadie Wilson Tillman, who was born in Tennessee, and grew up a member of a small rural church near Lewisburg, had become one of the nation’s most prominent church women. From 1924 to 1927, she was Director of Christian Education at Laura Haygood Normal School, in...

Aiea UMC, Aiea, Hawaii
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Aiea UMC, Aiea, Hawaii

Mission Founded and Mission Serving Congregation in Hawaii Aiea UMC has a heart for going into the world and engaging with partners to assist in their outreach. Aiea was first a preaching point of the Japanese Methodist Church in Honolulu. In 1900, the Aiea Japanese Methodist Church was established. The church began as a mission...

Rolling Hills UMC, Rolling Hills Estates, California
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Rolling Hills UMC, Rolling Hills Estates, California

Congregation with Historic, Extensive Support of Varied Local and Global Mission At Rolling Hills United Methodist Church in Rolling Hills Estates, California, we have a long history of support for mission, both locally and globally. Our congregation has a few members who served as missionaries. The Rasmussens served in Japan. They bring a rich understanding to...

Spreng, Minerva Strawman (1858-1924)
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Spreng, Minerva Strawman (1858-1924)

Founder of Woman’s Missionary Society of the Evangelical Association At age twenty, Minerva Strawman was invited to a missionary tea given by the Woman’s Missionary Society of the United Brethren Church. Delighted with what she saw and heard, she asked her father, a minister and member of the Board of Missions of the Evangelical Association,...

Robinson, Dr. Jane Bancroft (1847-1932)
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Robinson, Dr. Jane Bancroft (1847-1932)

Early Proponent of the Deaconess Movement Jane Bancroft Robinson, daughter of a Methodist minister, studied in the United States, Switzerland, and France, earning many degrees, including a Ph.D. She was professor of French Literature and Language at Northwestern University and dean of its Woman’s College from 1878 to 1885. She married George O. Robinson in...

Hartzel, Jennie (1846-??)
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Hartzel, Jennie (1846-??)

Pioneer Missionary among Freedwomen and Girls Jennie Hartzel began work among the freedwomen in New Orleans in 1876. Her work was approved by officials of the Methodist Episcopal Church and reported through the Freedman’s Aid Society. With Bishop Wiley and Dr. and Mrs. R.S. Rust, she raised funds; and a school with three teachers was...

Baker, James Chamberlain (1879 – 1969)
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Baker, James Chamberlain (1879 – 1969)

Mission Bishop, Ecumenical Leader, and Father of the Wesley Foundation Movement Bishop James Chamberlain Baker, 1879 – 1969, was a prominent mission bishop and ecumenical mission leader who is likely best remembered as “Father of the Wesley Foundation movement”—student ministries on the campuses of publicly funded colleges and universities. He served as a bishop in...

Chimonyo, Rhodes
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Chimonyo, Rhodes

A Treasure of a Treasurer A key leader in The United Methodist Church in Zimbabwe was Rhodes Chimonyo, a Person in Mission in his own country. Rhodes was a lay person who took over the position of field treasurer from a missionary in 1975. He received the funds from the World Division of the Board...