Category: <span>Philippines Annual Conference</span>

Miller, Margaret Ross (1870-1955)
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Miller, Margaret Ross (1870-1955)

Proponent of Women Leaders Margaret Ross Miller helped form church women’s organizations in the Philippine Islands, Panama, Costa Rica, Mexico, Argentina and Chile, as well as in California. Her husband was appointed to special work in South America prior to his election as bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1924. In 1921, Mrs. Miller...

Moots, Cornelia Chillson (1843-1929)
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Moots, Cornelia Chillson (1843-1929)

Pioneering WFMS & WCTU Missionary to the Philippines Cornelia Chillson Moots or “Mother Moots” was one of the four pioneer WFMS missionaries to the Philippines. A native of Bay City, Michigan, Moots was an evangelist for the Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU), an organization with recognized links to holiness piety. Moots took over duties at...

Mary Johnston Hospital
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Mary Johnston Hospital

The only Methodist hospital in the Philippines Mary Johnston Hospital is the only Methodist Church hospital in the whole of the Philippines and has been serving for 105 years in Tondo where the majority of the patients are poor. The establishment of the hospital “Dispensaria Betania” (Bethany Clinic), was the church’s response to the lack...

Zamora, Nicolas
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Zamora, Nicolas

First indigenous Filipino missionary and founder of independent Filipino Methodism One Sunday in July 1899, the interpreter for missionary Arthur W. Prautch failed to appear at services in Manila. Prautch asked one of the congregation, Paulino Zamora, to speak. Zamora did so briefly and then bowed out in favor of his son Nicolas, who he...

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)...

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