Jesus took hold of Jacob DeShazer while was a prisoner in Japan after he was captured during the Doolittle Raid following Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor. He went back to Japan as a missionary.
From its inception, Free Methodism has stood for justice and inclusion of the disenfranchised. This Civil Rights-era photo from a Free Methodist church in Shreveport, Louisiana is a reminder of that calling.
Seen here near the end of his tenure as bishop (1935-64), Leslie R. Marston's passion for Free Methodist history, was instrumental in founding the Marston Memorial Historical Center.
Over the course of the summer, the MMHC has welcomed several guests into our new space. Local visitors included a group from the Mars Hill FMC in Indianapolis. People from across the US have visited along with international vistitors from places like Canada, India, the Philippines, and Rwanda. We are glad that the new space […]
Leading up to General Conference 2019, a competition will be held to see who can create the best flat B.T. Roberts, similar to the flat Wesley image to the left. Entries can be submitted starting today, August 1, 2018. Submissions will be accepted through October 1, 2018. Gift cards will be awarded to the top […]
Recently, Cathy Robling, the Director of the MMHC, was able to visit and make connections at the Wabash Annual Conference and the Leadership Summit (the combined annual conferences of the Pacific Northwest, Oregon and The River Conferences). Both were encouraging. The Wabash Conference is in the midst of building a Historical Center and will be […]
The Marston Memorial Historical Center has entered a new phase. The Historical Center held a dedication for the Zahniser Chapel on Friday October 13, 2017 and the first half of renovations is now complete. The Chapel is designed to replicate an early 20th Century Free Methodist church. It is named for Bishop Arthur DeFrance, Rev. […]
If you would like to learn about the history of the Columbia River Conference, read our most recent newsletter. The MMHC recently received several boxes of materials from the conference. We have added the resources to our collection and written a short history of the Columbia River Conference. We appreciate the Bates family for sending […]
Who supported FM World Missions through Penny-A-Day? In this issue of the FMHS Newsletter you can read a bit of the history of Penny-A-Day. The inside article features work in Burundi and surprising enough connects Esther Shelhamer James with early medical work there. You’ll also want to read a review of the book Earnest which […]
The MMHC sent out a FM History Update newsletter today. It tells about how the new Zahniser Chapel has been furnished with pews with the help of a few FM churches. It also gives a little of the history of these pews. It also has information about FM books recently published. You can read the […]
A new FM History Update newsletter went out today. The main article is a short history celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Light & Life magazine (formerly The Free Methodist). It also has information and images pertaining to the renovated MMHC space. You can read the newsletter here. If you would like to sign up […]
A new FM History Update newsletter is now out. It contains some new information about the renovated MMHC space and a thank you for all the help completing it. It also has some gift ideas for the upcoming Christmas season. You can read the newsletter here. You can also view a video of the Zahniser […]
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