Tag: Evangelism

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...

Wyandotte Mission
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Wyandotte Mission

Heritage Landmark for early mission to Native Americans The Wyandotte Indians moved into Ohio in the mid-eighteenth century from Canada and Michigan. They settled on the Sandusky Plains. Their encounter with Methodism came in 1816, in the person of John Stewart. Stewart (1786-1823) was a mulatto, of African and probably East Indian descent. He was...

John Street UMC
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John Street UMC

Oldest Methodist Congregation in the United States The story of the John Street Church actually begins in Ireland, where Philip Embury, his wife, Barbara Ruckle Heck (Embury’s cousin), and her husband were converted to Methodism. Philip Embury became one of Wesley’s local preachers. In 1760, a number of Irish Methodists, including the Emburys and the...

John Wesley’s American Parish
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John Wesley’s American Parish

Heritage Landmark in Savannah, GA Savannah was a planned city, founded in 1733 by philanthropist and reformer General James Oglethorpe and laid out according to his design. In 1735, Oglethorpe invited John Wesley to come to Georgia as the colony’s chaplain. Wesley sailed for Georgia on October 14, 1735, along with his brother Charles, who...

Cartwright, Peter (1785-1872)
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Cartwright, Peter (1785-1872)

Pioneering Methodist Preacher in Illinois Peter Cartwright (1785-1872) was born in Amherst County, Virginia. The family soon moved to Logan County, Kentucky, where 16 year old Peter was converted at a camp meeting and joined the Methodist Episcopal Church. He became a preacher in 1802 and was later ordained by Francis Asbury and William McKendree....

Yu, Dora (Yu Cidu) (1873 ~ 1931)
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Yu, Dora (Yu Cidu) (1873 ~ 1931)

Chinese evangelist and missionary to Korea Dora Yu is one of the earliest preachers to have cut financial support from the West and completely “lived by faith.” She founded the Bible Study and Prayer House, which later became Jiangwan Bible School in Shanghai, as well as winter and summer Bible Study classes, and trained many...

Shi Meiyu (Mary Stone) (1873 ~ 1954)
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Shi Meiyu (Mary Stone) (1873 ~ 1954)

One of the first Chinese medical doctors Shi Meiyu, also known as Mary Stone, a name she adopted while studying in the United States, was born into a Christian family in Jiujiang (Kiukiang), Jiangxi province in 1873. Her father was a Methodist pastor and mother was the principal of a Methodist school for girls. Defying...

Kang Cheng (Ida Kahn, K’ang Ch’eng) (1873 ~ 1930)
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Kang Cheng (Ida Kahn, K’ang Ch’eng) (1873 ~ 1930)

One of the first Chinese medical doctors Kang Cheng, also known as Ida Kahn, was born into a poor family in Jiujiang (Kiukiang), Jiangxi province. She was adopted by Gertrude Howe, a student of the University of Michigan, and left school to work as a missionary in Jiujiang before completing her degree. During Kang’s childhood,...

Collins, Judson Dwight (1823 ~ 1852)
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Collins, Judson Dwight (1823 ~ 1852)

Pioneering Methodist Episcopal missionary to China Collins was one of eight children in a pious Methodist farm family in Michigan. While still a college student, he determined to become a missionary to China, but there was no Methodist mission work there, so after graduation he taught for two years at Albion College. In 1847, he...

White, Moses Clark (1819 ~ 1900)
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White, Moses Clark (1819 ~ 1900)

Methodist Episcopal pioneer in China Born in Paris, New York, White studied both theology and medicine at Yale University after graduating from Wesleyan University. He and his wife, Jane Atwater White, together with Judson D. Collins, arrived in Foochow (Fuzhou) in September 1847, and opened the first Methodist work in China. In 1851, three years...