Category: Peninsula-Delaware Annual Conference

May, Felton (1935-2017)
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May, Felton (1935-2017)

Advocate of Holy Boldness Bishop Felton E. May often spoke of the need for “holy boldness” — and his admirers said he lived the phrase. He was a forceful preacher and a force away from the pulpit. “You did not have to ask him to enter the fray,” said James H. Salley, associate vice chancellor...

Strawbridge, Robert (? – 1781)
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Strawbridge, Robert (? – 1781)

Pioneer Methodist lay preacher in the United States Robert Strawbridge ( ? -1781) emigrated from Ireland to Frederick County, Maryland sometime between 1760 and 1766. A Methodist preacher in Ireland, he began preaching in Maryland soon after his arrival, making him the pioneer of Methodism on the American continent. He preached in his log cabin...

Barratt’s Chapel
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Barratt’s Chapel

Heritage Landmark where Francis Asbury and Thomas Coke first met In 1778 a Methodist Society was organized north of Frederica, Delaware under the influence of Freeborn Garrettson, one of Francis Asbury’s most energetic preachers. One of the Society members was Phillip Barratt, who owned some 800 acres in Kent County. Barratt was the county sheriff,...

Woolston, Beulah (1828 ~ 1886) and Sarah H. (? ~ 1910)
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Woolston, Beulah (1828 ~ 1886) and Sarah H. (? ~ 1910)

Pioneering female missionary teachers in China The Woolston sisters graduated from Wesleyan Female College in Wilmington, Delaware, and became teachers. Answering an appeal from the mission board of the Methodist Episcopal Church to begin “woman’s work” in China, they sailed for Foochow (Fuzhou) in 1858. They were supported by the Ladies’ China Missionary Society of...