Category: <span>Mission Stories</span>

Tshangand Kayeke
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Tshangand Kayeke

Founder of Lunda Methodism The following is from an article by Nancy Woodcock Riley, daughter of Congo missionaries Vera and Everrett Woodcock. In the late 1800s, when Tshangand Kayeke was a young boy, Portuguese slave traders came through his village. He was among the men and boys who were shackled together and marched into Angola....

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John Stewart’s Family

Family of Founder of Methodist Mission The following is based on a submission by Anthony D. Smith, a descendant of John Stewart, founder of Methodist mission. All pictures are courtesy of Mr. Smith. John Stewart is rightly recognized for his role in building America and Methodist mission. There are many descendants of the Stewart clan...

Golden, Charles Franklin (1912-1984)
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Golden, Charles Franklin (1912-1984)

Advocate of Integration in Methodism Born August 24, 1912, in Holly Springs, Mississippi, Golden received degrees from Clark College and Gammon Theological Seminary, both in Atlanta. He was ordained an elder in the Methodist Episcopal Church (MEC) in 1938. He served several congregations in the South before becoming professor in the Department of Religion and...

Ewing, Betsy (1923-2013)
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Ewing, Betsy (1923-2013)

Leader of Deaconesses and Women’s Mission Work Ewing came out of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, although it became part of The Methodist Church when she was a teenager. As she was growing up, she planned to go to Scarritt College. She not only completed her education there but stayed on for fifteen years to...

Diffendorfer, Ralph (1879-1951)
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Diffendorfer, Ralph (1879-1951)

Leader of Board of Foreign Missions Diffendorfer claimed that as a Sunday school student he was inspired with such a passion for mission by British missionary David Livingstone that it lasted his whole life. But his mother claimed that his personality had elements of P. T. Barnum as well. The passion and the leadership became...

Deats, Richard
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Deats, Richard

Advocate for Peace and Justice Deats grew up in a Methodist family in Texas and attended McMurry College in Abilene, Texas, in the early 1950s. There he became active in the Methodist Student Movement which was beginning to voice concerns about civil rights and racial justice, holding its first interracial meeting at McMurry. A visit...

Gintzler, Janice
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Gintzler, Janice

Living Out Care for the Environment In 2016, I took a mission trip to the Ecuadorian Amazon Rain forest. We stayed at Yasuni National Park, that we reached by canoe. On day 1, a representative from Amazon Watch led us a short way into the rain forest. Reliably, it was drizzling. Yellow warning ribbon encircled the area....

Bangs, Nathan (1778-1862)
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Bangs, Nathan (1778-1862)

First Executive of Methodist Episcopal Missionary Society Nathan Bangs, 1778 -1862, was the primary organizer and first administrator of the Methodist Episcopal Missionary Society, founded in 1819. He was concurrently for almost a decade the head of the denomination’s Book Concern. Thus, Bangs had a major impact on the origins of two of the United...

Wilkins, Ann (1806-1857)
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Wilkins, Ann (1806-1857)

Outstanding Early Missionary to Liberia Ann Wilkins was a missionary to Liberia from 1837-1857. She was the first American Methodist female missionary sent out by the Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church as a missionary herself and not as a missionary spouse. She founded the first Methodist girls’ school outside of the United States...

Alphonse, Efraim (1896-1995)
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Alphonse, Efraim (1896-1995)

Traveling Evangelist and Leader of Methodist Church of the Caribbean and the Americas Alphonse was born in the Province of Bocas del Toro, Panama, in 1896. His father was a fisherman from Martinique and his French undoubtedly influenced young Efraim to appreciate languages. He completed his elementary and secondary education at Calabar College in Jamaica,...