Category: Virginia Annual Conference

Sallie A. Crenshaw (1900-1986)
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Sallie A. Crenshaw (1900-1986)

First Ordained African-American Methodist Woman and Missionary to Appalachia Sallie Crenshaw was twice a ground-breaker in African-American women’s ordination in the Methodist tradition. In 1936, she was one of the two first African-American woman ordained as a local elder in the Methodist Episcopal Church, in the East Tennessee Conference. Then in 1956 she was one...

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John Stewart’s Family

Family of Founder of Methodist Mission The following is based on a submission by Anthony D. Smith, a descendant of John Stewart, founder of Methodist mission. All pictures are courtesy of Mr. Smith. John Stewart is rightly recognized for his role in building America and Methodist mission. There are many descendants of the Stewart clan...

Johnson, Hugh and Shirliann
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Johnson, Hugh and Shirliann

Peace Award-Winning Missionaries to Algeria Pastor Hugh Johnson and his wife Shirliann (“Fritzi”) received the 2014 World Methodist Peace Award. Hugh and Shirliann dedicated their lives to the United Methodist Church for more than 40 years – 1963 up to 2005 – working in Algeria. The couple operated under a simple slogan: The church must be where...

Cannon, James (1864-1944)
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Cannon, James (1864-1944)

MECS Bishop Who Supervised Mission in Congo, Brazil, and Mexico The name James Cannon, Jr., usually conjures up vivid and often unflattering historical images. One thinks, for instance, of the militant crusader for prohibition during the Progressive era, the political preacher who campaigned against Al Smith in the presidential election of 1928, and the beleagured...

Dorothy Ravenhorst, Peg Tyrrell, and the Charter for Racial Justice
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Dorothy Ravenhorst, Peg Tyrrell, and the Charter for Racial Justice

Courageous advocates for racial justice United Methodist Women member Dorothy Ravenhorst was proud when her Virginia Conference Woman’s Society of Christian Service adopted the Charter for Racial Justice in midst of the Civil Rights Movement. “It was during this turbulent time in May 1965 that our conference president, Margaret (Peg) Tyrrell, decided to bring the Charter for Racial Justice forward to...

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...

Taylor, William (1821-1902)
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Taylor, William (1821-1902)

Methodist Episcopal missionary bishop, mission theorist, and holiness advocate Born to Stuart and Martha (Hickman) Taylor in Rockbridge County, Virginia, Taylor was converted in 1841 at a Methodist Episcopal camp meeting. Appointed a Methodist missionary to California (1849), he ministered without salary to Native Americans and Chinese immigrants, and to the sick and the poor....