Tag: Evangelism

Scranton, Mary
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Scranton, Mary

Educator of Girls in Korea In 1885, Mary F. Scranton became the first woman missionary sent to Korea by the Woman’s Foreign Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church (North). Ms. Scranton established Korea’s first girls school, Ewha School for Girls, shared the Gospel message with Korean women and helped them organize for Christian service. More...

Mott, John R. (1865-1955)
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Mott, John R. (1865-1955)

Missions and ecumenical statesman Mott was born in Livingston Manor, New York. Raised in Postville, Iowa, in a pious Methodist home, he graduated from Cornell University in 1888 with a bachelor of philosophy degree and later received honorary degrees from Yale, Edinburgh, Princeton, Brown, Toronto, and other universities. While a Cornell undergraduate, he passed from...

Niles, D(aniel) T(hambyrajah) (1908-1970)
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Niles, D(aniel) T(hambyrajah) (1908-1970)

World leader in ecumenism and evangelism Niles was born in Jaffna, Ceylon (Sri Lanka), into a family of Congregational and Methodist ministers dating to the first Tamil convert in 1821. He was graduated from what is now United Theological College in Bangalore, India, later earning a doctorate at the University of London. His ecumenical involvement...

Smith, Amanda [Berry] (1837-1915)
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Smith, Amanda [Berry] (1837-1915)

African American Holiness Evangelist and Missionary Amanda Berry was born into slavery at Long Green, Maryland. She was married in 1854 to Calvin M. Devine and her conversion followed two years later. After her husband died in the Civil War, she moved to Philadelphia and married James Smith, and ordained deacon at Mother Bethel African...

Jones, E. Stanley (1884-1973)
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Jones, E. Stanley (1884-1973)

American Methodist Missionary to India, Global Evangelist, and Author Born in Clarksville, Maryland, Jones was converted at age 17, studied law, and graduated from Asbury College (1906). In 1907, under the Board of Mission of the Methodist Episcopal Church, he went to Lucknow, India, where he had a fruitful pastorate. Ordained both a deacon and...

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...

Abrams, Minnie F. (1859-1912)
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Abrams, Minnie F. (1859-1912)

Holiness Revivalist in India Born in Lawrenceville, Wisconsin, Abrams attended the Methodist-related Chicago Training School for Home and Foreign Missions. She arrived in Bombay, India, in 1887 as a missionary with the Woman’s Foreign Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1898, she left the Methodist post to work with Pandita Ramabai at the...

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....