Tag: The United Methodist Church

Neighborhood Center of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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Neighborhood Center of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

A Model Community Center Driving through Harrisburg, the capital city of Pennsylvania, today, one would hardly guess that in 1907 the Woman’s Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church declared the region a “foreign mission field.” They urged the greater church body to recognize and acknowledge the influx of immigrants from eastern Europe and...

Mathews, Eunice Jones (1914-2016)
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Mathews, Eunice Jones (1914-2016)

“Bent toward the Love of God and Care of Others” She was many things across the decades of her 101-year life span. The plaque in her honor in the Metropolitan United Methodist Church, Washington, DC, reads: Eunice Jones Mathews, wife, mother, author and noble soul whose life was ceaselessly bent toward the love of God...

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...

Romania Mission
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Romania Mission

Origins of The United Methodist Church in Romania The origins of the current United Methodist work in Romania began in 1995, when an independent missionary with a United Methodist background from the United States went to the city of Cluj-Napoca, commonly known as Cluj, which is the second most populous city in Romania. Together, this...

Minga Hospital
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Minga Hospital

Mission hospital dedicated to caring for mothers The first missionaries sent to Africa by the Methodist Episcopal Church, South (MECS), made Wembo Nyama their home base in what was then a colony of Belgium, “Congo Belge.” In each mission station it founded, the MECS sent a missionary director and a women’s work director, usually a...

Wehrman, Richard and Eva
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Wehrman, Richard and Eva

Mentors to Filipino Clergy Dr. Richard and Mrs. Eva Wehrman were outstanding evangelists and stewardship development mentors. During the many years that they served in the Northwest Philippines Annual Conference, many clergy and lay leaders were trained in stewardship and especially in tithing’ When Dr. Wehrman was assigned to teach in Union Theological Seminary, he...

Jones, Jr., Tracey K.
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Jones, Jr., Tracey K.

Missionary, Executive, Author The Rev. Tracey K. Jones Jr., was among the last Christian missionaries to enter China before the country was closed to outside church personnel in 1950; he would serve as head of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries from 1968 to 1980, and he authored of the most widely used mission...

Moore, Jr., Arthur J
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Moore, Jr., Arthur J

Mission Editor Arthur J. Moore, Jr. was for 34 years an editor of the mission magazine of The Methodist Church, then The United Methodist Church, first with World Outlook, and later the editor in chief of New World Outlook for 22 years. At its peak, the publication has a circulation of more than 100,000.  He...

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