Methodist Missionary History Project

In these pages you will find a selection of papers delivered at conferences and seminars between 2002 and 2013, in the context of the Project co-ordinated by Professor Andrew Walls, which resulted in the publication of Methodists and their Missionary Societies by John Pritchard (two volumes, 1760-1900 and 1900-1996, Ashgate 2013 and 2014). Some have been revised subsequently. You can search for papers either by the author's name or via the list of conferences and seminars.

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2002 : Launch of the Project

New College, Edinburgh

Speakers included Reg Ward, Brian Stanley, Lamin Sanneh, Dan O'Connor and Andrew Walls. Papers from the initial conference are not available.

 

2003 : World Parish to World Church

Sarum College, Salisbury

Keynote addresses

The MMS in Photographs
Samantha Johnson

The Catholic Spirit in Action - Methodists and the Formation of the Church of South India
Israel Selvanayagam

Christian Missions, Anti-Slavery and the Ambiguities of 'Civilisation', c. 1813-1873
Brian Stanley

Mende and Methodist: Missionary Interactions in an Emerging Church
Sahr Yambasu

Short papers

Ghanaian Appropriation of Wesleyan Theology in Mission
1961-2000

Casely B. Essamuah

Methodists and Muslims in the Gambia: A Case Study - a reworked version of this paper was published as "Methodists and Muslims in The Gambia" in Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, 20(1), (2009), pp 61-72
Martha T. Frederiks

Inter-racial Mission, Building a Multiracial Church: Rev. and Mrs E.W. Grant at Work in Segregationist South Africa
Deborah Gaitskell

Relations between the Wesley Deaconess Order and the Missionary Society
Dorothy Graham

Script and scripture: studies of some MMS missionaries' contributions to writing and translation
Alison Lewis

A Register of British Methodist Missionaries 1769 - 2003: A Description
Albert W. Mosley

The Motive of Mission with particular reference to The Beginnings of Methodist Missionary Activity
John C. Neal

The Development of Methodism in modern-day Botswana; 19th century Nationals in Mission?
Jennifer M. Potter

Some Social Issues in the 20th Century
John R. Pritchard

'This Apostolick Warfare': The Reverend Melvill Horne and the Development of Missions in the Late Eighteenth Century
Suzanne Schwarz

The Role of the Missionary after World War 2
Geoffrey Senior

The Wesleyan Methodist Church and the Evangelisation of the Chinese on the Victorian Goldfields in the 19th Century
Ian Welch

Methodism in the Zambezi Valley: 1901-1926
John Young

 

2004 : Finance Symposium

Liverpool Hope University

WMMS Finance 1813-1932
John Lenton

Note on Circuit Accounts and Currencies used in the Leeward Islands District(s) of the Caribbean and the Americas Up to 1806
John Neal

Primitive Methodist financing of World Mission
John Young

 

2004 : 'Great was the Company of the Preachers'; The Recruitment, Selection and Formation of Methodist Missionaries and of the Ministry in Methodist Missions

United College of the Ascension, Birmingham

Keynote addresses

Methodist Spirituality, 1800-1950
David W. Bebbington

The Development of the Methodist Ministry
John Munsey Turner

A great company of preachers? The evolution and mutation of the missionary
Andrew Walls

The training of 19th and 20th century missionaries in the denominational societies and the faith missions
Peter Williams

Short papers

Strawberries or Shakespeare: Methodist Missions and Ministry in Korea - The Case of Yun Chi-ho (1865-1945)
Shin Ahn

Wesleyan Deaconess work on the west Coast of Africa 1904-1914
Ronnie Aitchison

'Forth in His name we go'– to West Africa and China at
least! Wesley Deaconess Work

Dorothy Graham

The Women's Auxiliary of the Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society 1858-1927
Clive Jolliffe

Trembling before the wind: Encounters between Methodist Missionaries and Nationalist Politics in Upper Burma 1920-1940
Mike Leigh

Wesley's Preachers and Missionary Vocations: Those who entered before 1791
John Lenton

Kingsmead 1969-77: Preparing for Mission Overseas
Albert Mosley

Bicentennial of the First Overseas Districts of the British Methodist Church with particular reference to the Leeward Islands Districts
John Neal

Measuring the Methodists: Gendering Non-conformity in British Protestant Missions
Rhonda Semple

Them and Us: Us and Them
A comparison of the inter-faith understanding of Irish
Methodists in the early nineteenth century with interfaith
attitudes at the start of the twenty-first century

Stephen Skuce

Working it out for himself - the case of Edwin W.
Smith, Primitive Methodist Missionary

John Young

 

2005 : Methodist Missions and the Organization of Society

United College of the Ascension, Birmingham

Keynote addresses

'Have you nothing to do but save men's souls?' Methodism and Social Action before 1850
Edward Royle

Evangelicals and the Social Order
John Wolffe

Short papers

Masters, Slaves and Missionaries on the Gold Coast, 1838-1851
Scott Anderson

Rev Edward Daniel Webb - an unlikely Victorian missionary in Belize
Rosemary Fisher

Female itinerants of early Primitive Methodism, with special reference to those stationed in missionary situations
Dorothy Graham

The Social Impact of John Wesley's Mission to Georgia - published in John Wesley in America (OUP, 2014) pp 171-77.
Geordan Hammond

A case of returned empties - former missionaries in 'home' circuits in the early years
Peter Howard

Cowboys and Indians: Methodist Missionaries in the imperial high noon of Upper Burma
Mike Leigh

The Dis-organisation of Society & Methodist Missions, with particular reference to slavery and the beginnings of Missionary work in the 18th and 19th centuries
John Neal

The Pandura Controversy of 1873: Evangelical Zeal or Assault on Ceylon Society?
Stephen Skuce

'No holiness but social'
Brian Tebbutt

 

2006 : Methodist Mission and the Printed Word

Sarum College, Salisbury

Keynote addresses

The British Methodist Contribution to Bible Translation
Paul Ellingworth

Methodist Missions and the Printed Word
Andrew F Walls

Methodist Missions and Popular Literature
Martin Wellings

Short papers

Methodist Missionary Magazines
Terry Barringer

'Another agency in this great work': the beginnings of missionary printing in Tonga
Martin Daly

Missions, politics and the printed word: Richard Watson's political writing, 1813-1833
Michael Gladwin

John Wesley's Use of the Printed Word on the Simmonds - subsumed in John Wesley in America
Geordan Hammond

Grumbles, Gripes and the Gospel: The British & Foreign Bible Society, Wesleyan missionaries and political wrangling in late colonial Burma
Mike Leigh

The Genesis of Methodist Missions: The Interplay of Printed Word and Oral Tradition in the West Indies
John Neal

Atlantis and Cargate
John Pritchard

The place and 'problem' of conversion in 20th century Methodist missionary literature
Norman Taggart

John Innocent, Pioneer MNC Missionary
A Grinder to China

Stuart Walters

Edwin Smith and the Printed Word
John Young

 

2007 : Methodist Mission and Development

Selly Oak Centre for Mission Studies, Birmingham

MMS and "Development" in Rhodesia
Albert Mosley

The Developmental Fruit of Mission with particular reference to the work of Christian Action for Development in the Caribbean (CADEC)
John Neal

Development and Mission in the Context of Botswana and the Changing Role of The National Ecumenical Council
Jennifer M. Potter

Capacity Building. The Role of Missionary Societies and Development Agencies. A Methodist Perspective
John Pritchard

Mission and Development: A Reflection
Israel Selvanayagam

Methodist Mission and Development
Merfyn Temple

 

2007 : 'All our Pomp of Yesterday': Methodist Missions and the Rising and Setting of Empire

Woodbrooke, Birmingham

Keynote addresses

Empire and Christian Missions: opposition, opportunities, obstacles - published in Christianity and History Bulletin (Summer 2010), pp. 31-43
David Killingray

Rhodesia Becomes Zimbabwe and the Programme to Combat Racism
Albert Mosley

Autonomy, Independence and Interdependence - substantially incorporated in Methodists and their Missionary Societies 1900-1996 (Ashgate 2014) chapter 14
John Pritchard

British missionaries and the end of empire in Africa - subsumed in British Missionaries and the End of Empire (Grand Rapids, Eerdmans, 2011)
John Stuart

Short papers

Wesley Deaconess Ministry in the Transvaal and Natal
Ronald Aitchison

The rising of empire in New Zealand: The relationship between the WMMS and Governor George Grey in the provision of Maori education, 1845-53
Liz Clutterbuck

Speaking Truth to Power: Ghanaian Methodists' Public Witness 1960-2000
Casely B. Essamuah

Preparing for Devolution to Indigenous Church Leadership: Missionary Dealings with Seth Mokitimi, First Black President of South Africa's Methodist Conference - a longer version of this paper appeared as: "Mokitimi and the Missionaries: Appraising South African Methodism's First Black President of Conference (1964)" in Swedish Missiological Themes, vol. 97, no. 4 (2009), pp. 517-539
Deborah Gaitskell

John Wesley's Advocacy for the Poor and Oppressed in Georgia - published in John Wesley in America (OUP, 2014), pp 178-89
Geordan Hammond

MMS Finance History: A retrospect and prospect
John Lenton

The British Methodist Church and African Nationalism in Southern Rhodesia 1950 – 1965
Albert Mosley

Travellers & Exhibits: Christian chiefs visit the seat of Empire
Kirsty Murray

Empire's impact on missionary beginnings: British, Dutch, French, Danish and Swedish
John Neal

Methodist Missionaries and State formation in 19th century Southern Africa
Jennifer M. Potter

Commerce Christianity and Civilization: The Development of the Sierra Leone Company
Suzanne Schwarz

Empire of the Spirit: The heart of Methodism is the heart
Brian Tebbutt

 

2008 : Did they Believe and Preach Our Doctrines?

Woodbrooke, Birmingham

Keynote Addresses

British Evangelical Theology in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries
David Bebbington

Theology in action and reaction: the Methodist-Buddhist Encounter in 19th century Sri Lanka - subsumed in "Memory, Experience and the Clash of Cosmologies; The Encounter between British Protestant Missionaries and Buddhism in Nineteenth Century Sri Lanka" in Social Sciences and Mission (Brill) vol 25/3 (2012)
Elizabeth Harris

Mission House Theology: lines of development in Methodist official thinking on missions
Andrew Walls

Short Papers

Believing Preaching and Teaching in Methodist Missions in the Caribbean and Americas
John Neal

John Wesley's Inter-faith Understanding
Stephen Skuce

Mind the gap! - Theory and Practice on the Mission Field with reference to 19th and early 20th century Southern Africa
Jennifer Potter

1913 and all that - an expanded version of this paper appeared in Methodism and History (Oxford: Applied Theology Press, 2010)
John Pritchard

Primitive Methodist Missiology - comprising two papers which can be found at https://sites.google.com/site/jyresearches/pms-at-coxhoe
John Young

  

2009 : Methodist Missions and Indigenous Religious Movements

Woodbrooke, Birmingham

Keynote addresses

Conversion, Movements in India
Sebastian Kim

Indigenous Religious Movements in Central and Southern Africa
David Maxwell

Methodist Missions and Indigenous Religious Movements
Andrew Walls

Short Papers

Methodism and indigenous religions
Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu

Medical work in South-East Nigeria
John Bramley

Prayer Women and Biblewomen: A Comparison of Two Indigenous Ventures among South African Methodists
Deborah Gaitskell

Personal Reflections of a Wesley Deaconess in Sierra Leone 1909-1913
Dorothy Graham

The Alleluia Church and other indigenous religions in South America
John Neal

Spiritual Healing Church of Prophet Mokaleng
Jennifer Potter

Harris Discovered
John Pritchard

An Irish perspective on a major controversy
Norman Taggart

Edwin Smith and the African Independent Churches: 1905 and 1950 - this paper is found at https://sites.google.com/site/jyresearches/smith-papers
John Young

 

2010 : War and Peace and Methodist Missions

Woodbrooke, Birmingham

Keynote addresses

Strange Warmth: Methodism, the Wars and the Changing Face of Christianity in Ghana
Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu

Opportunity and Danger: British Methodism and the Wider World in the late 19th and early 20th centuries
Michael Hughes

The 1857 Indian Rebellion and its Impact on the Wesleyan Mission - published in Protestant Nonconformity and Christian Missions (Milton Keynes, Paternoster, 2014)
John Pritchard

Methodist Missions and the Little Wars of Empire
Andrew Walls

Short papers

A Methodist Doctor's experience of working in a Leprosy Mission Hospital in the Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan 1990-1992
John Bramley

The Bible and the Sword: John Thomas and the Tongan Civil War of 1837
Martin Daly

John Fletcher and the American Revolution
Peter Forsaith

A Tale of Two Chaplains: H D Hlabangane and Stanley Pitts of South Africa in the Two World Wars
Deborah Gaitskell

Isabel Adam, Wesley Deaconess and Experience of Life in South America and Spain 1913-1953
Dorothy Graham

The Eye of the Storm: Methodist missionaries and an episode from the evacuation of Upper Burma in 1942
Mike Leigh

War and Peace and Methodist Missions in the 20 th Century: An Irish perspective
Norman Taggart

Wole Soyinka and the Nigerian Civil War
Abraham Waigi

Sampson Oppong: the prophet who reversed the effects of war
James Walton

The Battlefield: a Mission field. Edwin W. Smith on the Western Front, 1915
John Young

Hannah Kilham and vernacular education in Africa
Victor Zizer

 

2011 : Gender and Ethnicity in Methodist Mission History

Woodbrooke, Birmingham

Keynote addresses

Between the ethnic, the national and the global: some reflections on Africa
Barbara Bompani

Methodist Women Abroad: Roles and Relationships
John Pritchard

"Without Faces": Women's Perspectives on Contextual Missiology
Cathy Ross

Remember all God's children: Ethnicity in Methodist mission discourse
Andrew Walls

Short papers

K A Busia on ethnicity, religion and nationality
Sara Fretheim

Women and Methodist Missions: Some Oriental and African Comparisons
Deborah Gaitskell

"In the beginning..." Gender, Ethnicity and the Methodist Missionary Enterprise (revised and expanded 2014)
John Neal

Dugdale and Snook: Pioneers in the Education of African Girls
Jennifer Potter

Emasculation: the experience of the Meru of Kenya under missionary Christianity
Joshua Rutere

Sister Gladys Stephenson and the Gendering of the Nursing Profession in China
Rosemary Seton

Gender and ethnicity in Methodist mission. An Irish perspective
Norman Taggart

A hostile tribe made him their chief: Edwin W. Smith and anthropology
John Young

The place of liberated females in the settlement of Sierra Leone: Hannah Kilham and the Gender Issue
Victor Zizer

 

2012 : Methodist Missions, Other Faiths and Other Churches

Luther King House, Manchester

Keynote addresses

Hindu-Christian Epistolary Self-Disclosures in South India (1712-1714) and their subsequent impact on Tamil, German and English Pietism
Daniel Jeyaraj

Missionary Engagement with Indian Religion & Culture:
Anomalies Among Methodists

Eric Lott

'Thy heritage, the nations, take': African Religion and African Christianity
Andrew Walls

Short papers

Seeking First the Political Kingdom: Kwame Nkrumah's Use of Religion for Political Gain
Sara Fretheim

Praying, Conferring and Wayfaring: Johannesburg Methodists Relating to Other Churches and Other Faiths, 1902-1939
Deborah Gaitskell

Missions, Space and Conflict: a case study of Wesleyan Methodist missionaries in the Buddhist villages of nineteenth century Sri Lanka
Elizabeth Harris

Wesleyan Mission and indentured labour in Natal
Jo Hibbard

Methodist and Moravian Relationships in the North East Caribbean 1789-1989
John Neal

Methodist Missions and some interactions with
African Traditional Religion

Jennifer M. Potter

Aborted Union Schemes - published in Methodists and their Missionary Societies 1900-1996 (Ashgate 2014) chapter 11
John Pritchard

The missional relations of the Methodist Church Ghana with other Methodist bodies
Kirk S. Sims

Dr. McCrea (1880-1963), Christian Mission and other faiths
Norman Taggart

William E. Soothill (1861-1935): missionary and sinologist
John Young

 

2013 : Two Hundred Years of Mission

Hinsley Hall, Leeds

Keynote addresses

The Context of Methodist Missions: Global Evangelicalism in the Nineteenth Century
David Bebbington

Yorkshire in 1813 - published in Proceedings of the Wesley Historical Society (vol 59 part 6), October 2014)
Edward Royle

Short papers

Wesleyan Traditions from Africa to Africans: Ghanaian Methodist Missions to Nigeria and the Gambia
Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu

Heathen Stubbornness: Early Wesleyan Methodist Mission on Grenada, West Indies (1780s-1830s)
Paula Aymer

Writing Mission History: Thomas Coke on Methodism in the Bahamas
David Bundy

Lay supporters of the WMMS, 1813-1869
David Jeremy

Work Consultancy Services for Missionaries, 1975 – 95
George Lovell

William Warrener's Contribution to Methodist Missionary History
John Neal

Treasure Trove or Missionary Memorabilia
John Neal

Catching the Research Wave: Reflecting on Four Years of the Christian Missions in Global History Seminar
Rosemary Seton and Deborah Gaitskell

An Irish perspective on Leeds 1813 and its significance for Ireland and world mission
Norman Taggart

Friend of China: Lady Dorothea Hosie (1885-1959)
John Young

The Project came to a semi-colon (rather than a full stop) with the Bicentenary of the Leeds District Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society in October 2013. It continues under the auspices of the Andrew F Walls Centre for the Study of Asian and African Christianity at Liverpool Hope University.

Annual conferences on kindred themes are organized by the Yale Edinburgh Group on the History of the Missionary Movement and World Christianity.

 




Leeds & The Revd Dr Thomas Coke: two anniversaries, 200 years

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