Tag: Mission Personnel

Cannon, James (1864-1944)
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Cannon, James (1864-1944)

MECS Bishop Who Supervised Mission in Congo, Brazil, and Mexico The name James Cannon, Jr., usually conjures up vivid and often unflattering historical images. One thinks, for instance, of the militant crusader for prohibition during the Progressive era, the political preacher who campaigned against Al Smith in the presidential election of 1928, and the beleagured...

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...

Haines, J. Harry (1917-2007)
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Haines, J. Harry (1917-2007)

Missionary and Relief Agency Director The Rev. J. Harry Haines, 1917-2007, was director of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) from 1966 to 1983 and a missionary for 21 years prior to that. At his passing, Haines was described as “a saint, a model of Christian commitment, hard work, and inspiration” by the Rev....

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...

Welch, Herbert (1862-1969)
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Welch, Herbert (1862-1969)

Mission Bishop and Founder of Relief Agency Herbert Welch (1862-1969), the longest serving Methodist bishop, played multiple roles of lasting significance in the mission and social history of the church. His accomplishments included: Originator and first executive (1940 to 1948) of what is today the United Methodist Committee on Relief, the disaster response and development...

Dorothy Ravenhorst, Peg Tyrrell, and the Charter for Racial Justice
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Dorothy Ravenhorst, Peg Tyrrell, and the Charter for Racial Justice

Courageous advocates for racial justice United Methodist Women member Dorothy Ravenhorst was proud when her Virginia Conference Woman’s Society of Christian Service adopted the Charter for Racial Justice in midst of the Civil Rights Movement. “It was during this turbulent time in May 1965 that our conference president, Margaret (Peg) Tyrrell, decided to bring the Charter for Racial Justice forward to...

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,...

Pearl River UMC
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Pearl River UMC

Home Church of the Lambuth Missionary Family Pearl River Church is the home church of the Lambuth family, which holds a unique role in the history of Methodism as ministers and missionaries dating back to the early 1800s.William Lambuth, born in 1765, became a Methodist minister serving first in Virginia, then in Kentucky and Tennessee...

Tremont Street MEC, Boston
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Tremont Street MEC, Boston

Heritage Site of the Founding of the Woman’s Foreign Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church The former Tremont Street MEC was the site of the founding of the Woman’s Foreign Missionary Society (WFMS) of the Methodist Episcopal Church by eight women who braved a stormy day, March 23, 1869 to meet together at the...