Tag: The Methodist Church

Busacca, Louise Johanna Nienas (1888-1981)
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Busacca, Louise Johanna Nienas (1888-1981)

Missionary to Italian Immigrants in Wisconsin Louise Johanna Nienas was born in a sod house in Thompson, North Dakota and spent her early years on a North Dakota “free claim.” The family later moved to Wisconsin, where Louise received a degree in elementary education. Working as a public school teacher in Racine, Wisconsin, she volunteered...

De Falcón, Elida García (1879-1968)
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De Falcón, Elida García (1879-1968)

Mission and Hymn Translator Elida García de Falcón was orphaned at the age of ten in Guerrero, Tamaulipas, Mexico. She made her home with her only sister, Rosaura, who had married one of the first Mexican Methodist ministers, Pedro Grado. With them she itinerated and attended mission schools, including Holding Institute at Laredo, Texas. She...

Mai Gray
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Mai Gray

A Methodist and an Activist Mai Gray, the first African-American woman to be president of United Methodist Women, was deeply dedicated both to the Methodist tradition and to fighting segregation. Born in Jackson, Tennessee, in 1922, Gray worked with her husband, a Methodist pastor, to build a coalition of leadership in the Central Jurisdiction, the...

Fabro, Prudencia L. (1910-1996)
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Fabro, Prudencia L. (1910-1996)

First Filipino President of Harris Memorial College Prudencia L. Fabro, the first Filipino President of Harris Memorial College, was one of the most outstanding woman leaders in the Methodist-related institutions whose major contribution was the training, molding and forming of young women who answered the call to serve as deaconesses in the Methodist Church. She...

Spottswood, Curran L. (1912-1995)
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Spottswood, Curran L. (1912-1995)

Evangelist and “Flying Parson” Rev. Curran L. Spottswood, popularly called Spotty, was well known, first for his work in evangelism, in opening up new areas for church mission, and secondly, as a “flying parson” because he used a plane to carry out his work in many distant places. He started as a missionary in the...

Ka Onang Bible Institute
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Ka Onang Bible Institute

Filipino-Led Biblewomen School Harris Training School in the Philippines was closed during the years of World War II. To fill the void, Ka Onang Memorial Bible Institute was started in Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija under the leadership of Rev. Carlos Mañacop and Miss Patrocino Ocamp, the last principal of Mary Brown Townsend Bible School in Lingayen....

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....

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...

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....

Nicholson, Evelyn Riley (1883-1967)
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Nicholson, Evelyn Riley (1883-1967)

Advocate for Women’s Roles in Mission Evelyn Riley Nicholson was born in Minnesota. She was president of the Woman’s Foreign Missionary Society from 1921 to 1940. In 1923, she gave a major address at the International Missionary Council on “The Place of Women in the Church on the Mission Field.” One of the first women...