Category: Northwest Mindanao Philippines Annual Conference

Valencia, José Labarrette (1898-1994)
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Valencia, José Labarrette (1898-1994)

Leader among Central Conference Bishops Born in Tagudin, Ilocos Sur Province, in 1898, Valencia grew up as a Roman Catholic, although he became acquainted with Protestants through the United Brethren mission near his home. He came from a family involved in the Filipino struggle for independence. His uncle was a guerrilla in the conflict with...

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....

Oldham, William Fitzjames (1854-1937)
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Oldham, William Fitzjames (1854-1937)

Methodist missionary and bishop in India, Southeast Asia, and South America Oldham was born in Bangalore, India, where his father was an English officer in the Indian Regiment. Although he was baptized a Roman Catholic, his earliest religious contacts came from Protestant military chaplains and the headmaster of the Madras Christian College. He was converted...

Thoburn, James Mills (1836-1922)
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Thoburn, James Mills (1836-1922)

First Methodist missionary bishop of India and Malaysia Born in St. Clairsville, Ohio, the son of immigrants from Ireland, Thoburn graduated from Allegheny College in 1857, entered the ministry of the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1858, and was sent to India by the Missionary Society of his church in 1859. He married Sarah Minerva (Rockwell)...