Missionary History

Overview - a brief history of Methodist missions overseas

Missionary historian, the Revd John Pritchard, presents an overview of missions from 1759 to the winding up of the Methodist Missionary Society in 2013 and the launch of the 'One Mission' initiative.

What happened when

Region-by-region timelines
Two anniversaries, 200 years: Leeds & the Revd Dr Thomas Coke

Methodist Missionary History Project

The archive of papers delivered at the conferences and seminars of 2002-2013, delivered in the context of the Methodist Missionary (Society) History Project, co-ordinated by Professor Andrew Walls

Register of Missionaries COMING SOON

This database lists missionaries who embarked on the work prior to 1932, with the countries and dates of their service overseas and, where known, their dates of birth and death and details of their spouses.

Details of missionaries and mission partners post-1932 may be available, but cannot be made generally and publicly available due to the data protection issues related to personal information. The SOAS Library may be able to help you, or for recent records, contact the World Church Relationships Connexional Team.

Other resources

Books, papers and a link to the oral history archive of Methodist missionaries, another initiative supported by Methodist Heritage.


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

Read the reports here


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