Category: Mississippi Annual Conference

Varnado, Earnestine
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Varnado, Earnestine

Church and Community Worker Serving as Parish Nurse My journey into Church and Community ministry began (without my knowledge), when I was a young teen. I enjoyed going to the local school on Sunday after church to help register community residents for oral Polio vaccinations. I thought it was an honor to be asked by...

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...

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...

Anderson, Sidney (An Disheng) (1889 ~ 1978)
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Anderson, Sidney (An Disheng) (1889 ~ 1978)

Leader at Moore Memorial Church, Shanghai Sidney Raymond Anderson was born on December 7, 1889 in Rising Star, Texas, where his father ran a large farm and also the general store. Olive Watkins Lipscomb was born on October 8, 1890 in Greenwood, Mississippi, the daughter of a college dean and a Methodist minister. Sid was...

Stevens, Thelma
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Stevens, Thelma

Champion of Social Justice Thelma Stevens, 1902-1990, became a mission legend across the 28 years (1940-1968) she served as secretary for Christian social relations of the Woman’s Division of the Board of Missions of The Methodist Church, her years in that office exactly paralleling those of that denomination’s existence from its unification of northern and...

Park, Nora Kate Lambuth
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Park, Nora Kate Lambuth

Missionary to China for forty-eight years Nora Lambuth, daughter of Rev. J. W. Lambuth and Mary McClellan Lambuth, was born in 1863 while her parents, who were missionaries in Shanghai, China, with the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, were home on furlough in Mississippi. She was born in a log cabin on her grandfather J.R. Lambuth’s...

Lambuth, Mary Isabella McClellan
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Lambuth, Mary Isabella McClellan

50 Years of Service: “I give five dollars and myself for work in China.” Mary Isabella McClellan, from the Hudson River Valley of New York, first met the Lambuth clan in Mississippi at the age of 20, when she became governess for the J. R. Lambuth and Pettus families on adjoining plantations. The Rev. J....

Gulfside Assembly [Waveland, Mississippi]
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Gulfside Assembly [Waveland, Mississippi]

Historic Center for African-American Mission Gulfside Assembly, Waveland, Mississippi, has a distinguished mission history, beginning as a unique Gulf Coast Methodist retreat for African Americans in the 1920s. It received United Methodist Landmark Heritage status at the 2016 General Conference, though at the time in terms of facilities it had only an open-air prayer chapel....