Category: <span>New York Annual Conference</span>

Petersen, Ole Peter
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Petersen, Ole Peter

Founder of Norwegian Methodism and Co-Founder of Norwegian-American Methodism Methodism in Norway owes its introduction to a single founder, Ole Peter Petersen. As a young Norwegian sailor, Petersen had his first contact with the Methodists in Boston in 1843. The next three years brought much serious reflection and a strong feeling of spiritual need. In...

Hedström, Olof Gustaf (1803-77)
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Hedström, Olof Gustaf (1803-77)

Missionary to Swedish sailors and immigrants to the US Olof Gustaf Hedström was born in the province of Kronberg, Sweden. At age twenty-to, he shipped as a sailor on a vessel bound for South America. It was diverted from its course and in 1825 entered the port of New York where it was sold. On...

Mathews, Alma
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Mathews, Alma

Home missionary who worked with immigrant women They were strangers in a strange land. The story is as old as time, as biblical as Genesis and Revelation and as contemporary as today’s headlines. Human history is a story of migrants and immigration. People left home, wherever or whatever home was, in search of safety, economic...

The Church Center for the United Nations
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The Church Center for the United Nations

Blessed Are the Peacemakers After World War II it was all too clear to the nation’s churches that the world needed a viable institution to help avoid the horror of war. United Methodist Women predecessors sent cards to the U.S. State Department urging the United States to join a world peace organization founded in 1945...

Samuel Gurney (1860 – 1924)
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Samuel Gurney (1860 – 1924)

Pioneering medical missionary in Zimbabwe Samuel Gurney was a pioneer Methodist medical missionary in Zimbabwe. He was born at Long Branch, New Jersey. After receiving his education for ministry at the New York Missionary Training School and Drew Theological Seminary, he was ordained in 1891 in the New York East Conference of the Methodist Episcopal...

Templin, Ralph T[odd]. (1896-1984)
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Templin, Ralph T[odd]. (1896-1984)

Missionary, Peacemaker, Activist Although exempt from military duty because of his pastoral duties in Vinton, Kansas, Ralph Templin waived that right and became a “Preacher-Soldier” in the 4th U.S. Navy Aero Squadron in 1917. After his return from World War I, Templin entered Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas. In 1920 he graduated and married Lila...

Iglehart, Charles W[heeler], (1882-1969)
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Iglehart, Charles W[heeler], (1882-1969)

American Methodist missionary and Leader of Protestant Christianity in Japan Iglehart was born in Evansville, Indiana, and spent much of his youth in New York City, where his father was a prominent Methodist pastor. Educated at Columbia University (B.A., 1902) and Drew University (M.Div., 1906; Ph.D., 1934), he received honorary degrees from Syracuse University and...

Bowen, John Wesley Edward (1855-1933)
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Bowen, John Wesley Edward (1855-1933)

Educator and theologian Born into slavery in New Orleans, Bowen became a free man when his father purchased his family’s freedom in 1858. After the Civil War, in which his father served with the Union Army, Bowen attended Union Normal School in New Orleans. In 1878 he graduated with the first graduating class of New...

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