Zahniser Chapel

Marston Memorial Historical Center dedicated Zahniser Chapel, located within the World Ministries Center in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Raider Redeemed

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.

Free Indeed

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.

Bishop Marston

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.



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historical e-books

The Marston Memorial Historical Center and the B.L. Fisher Library of Asbury Theological Seminary are in partnership to produce digitized materials and reprints of important historical works from the Free Methodist tradition through Asbury Theological Seminary’s First Fruits Press. Of an initial 25 projects proposed, some books have been finished and are currently available at It is the hope of First Fruits Press, the B.L. Fisher Library, Asbury Theological Seminary, and the Marston Historical Center that this partnership will further study and research into the history and influence of the Free Methodist Church by both academics and lay people alike-.

Celebrating 50 years of the Marston Memorial Historical Center

This time last year we were happily reporting on the newly renovated space that featured the Zahniser Chapel, display areas and expanded library.

New this year is the Light & Life Hour Radio Broad- cast studio as well as an interactive exhibit geared towards children. In addition, the “Journey Though the Years” timeline is a big hit with visitors and is available digitally.

“Conserving the legacy of the Free Methodist Church as a resource for its identity and future”

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