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Woodsworth, Harold F., 1883-1939

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  • 1883-1939

Dr. Harold F. Woodsworth was born in Portage la Prairie in 1883 and was a missionary in Japan for over 30 years. He received his B.A. from Victoria College in 1907. In the fall of 1908 he went to Japan as a missionary with the Y.M.C.A, teaching in the English department at a Japanese Government School in Nagasaki, then Kagoshima. In 1910 became a missionary under the Methodist Church, and returned to Canada for post-graduate work. In 1911, he married Miss Ada Frances Chown, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F.A. Chown of Kingston. They returned to Japan together, first to a language school in Tokyo, then to Kobe, where Mr. Woodsworth became a professor of English at Kwansei Gakuin University, later becoming Dean of the Literature Department, and Dean of Theology of the University for a number of years. He was ordained during a furlough in 1918, during which time he also took his M.A. at Columbia University, New York. In 1936 he was honoured with a Doctor of Divinity from Victoria College. He died in 1939. H.F. Woodsworth's brother was C.C.F. leader J.S. Woodsworth. Their father, James Woodsworth, was a former Superintendent of Home Missions for the Methodist Church of Canada.

Ava Woodsworth (Chown), was a graduate of Whitby Ladies College and Queen’s University (1909). Mrs. Woodsworth taught English and the Bible in Japan. She was active on the National Council of the YWCA and the Dominion Board of the United Church Women's Missionary Society.

The Woodsworths had two sons, Kenneth, and David, and two daughters, Mary and Sylvia.

Faull, James, 1840-1897

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  • 1840-1897

James Faull was born in Crowan, Cornwall County, England on January 6th, 1840. In the mid 1860s he left England for America to minister to copper miners in Upper Michigan but was instead sent to the L’Anse Indian reservation where he served as a missionary and teacher.

In May, 1871 he came to Eastern Ontario upon the invitation of Rev. S.W. LaDu, a presiding elder in the Methodist Episcopal Church.
James Faull served charges in St. Lawrence District, Inverary and Kingston, Mallorytown, Inkerman, Easton’s Corners, Tamworth, Centreville, Milford, Sidney, Bayside and Shannonville.

He died in December 18, 1897 surrounded by his wife Catherine and their family.

Whitehead, Rhea, 1936-2011

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  • 1936-2011

Rhea Hildegarde Menzel Whitehead (1936-2011) was a missionary in Asia, theological educator and General Secretary of the Division of World Outreach. She was born on January 22, 1936 in St. Louis, Missouri. She received her B.A. from Elmhurst College Illinois summa cum laude in 1956 and M.A. in Adult Education from the University of Toronto. In 1961, after undertaking full-time studies of the Cantonese language, she and her husband Raymond Whitehead moved to Hong Kong where she worked in various capacities with the Church of Christ in China and the National Council of Churches/USA. In 1975 they moved to Toronto where Rhea served as Coordinator of the Education Liaison Programme of the University of Toronto/York University Joint Centre on Modern East Asia for the next two years. She subsequently worked with the Anglican Church of Canada as Regional Mission Coordinator for Asia and the Pacific from 1979-1984 and thereafter, served The United Church of Canada until her retirement in 2005. She was Area Secretary for Asia, 1984-1992; General Secretary of the Division of World Outreach, 1992-1999 and overseas personnel 1999-2005, teaching at Siliman University in the Philippines and Nanjing Theological Seminary in China. Rhea was widely respected and recognized for her exceptional work in international justice and peace. Along with her solidarity and support work in the struggle against the dictatorships in South Korea and the Philippines, overseas partners point to Rhea's pioneering work in opening up the commitment to gender justice in the context of mission partnerships. Rhea and her husband Ray played critical roles in the ecumenical churches’ ongoing relationship with the people and churches of China. Rhea meticulously took down notes of her travels and observations, at workshops and worship which documents form a large part of her records. In 2010, Rhea and Ray were awarded the Katharine Hockin Award for Global Mission and Ministry by the Canadian Churches' Forum for Global Ministries.

Jackson, Hope, 1922-2003

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  • 1922-2003

Hope Erna Jackson (nee Weber) (1922-2003) was born in Preston (now Cambridge), Ontario. She attended elementary and high school in Preston, then the University of Western Ontario (Waterloo College) from 1945, receiving a B.A. in 1948. She attended the United Church Training School, Toronto from 1948-1950, and Emmanuel College from 1956-1958, where she earned a B.D. She was received as a candidate in 1956 and ordained in 1966 in London Conference. She worked as a missionary of the W.M.S in Gypsumville, Manitoba from 1950-1956. Her pastorates were Kingston, Nova Scotia (1967-1971), River John, Nova Scotia (1971-1973), Walters Falls, Ontario (1973-1977), and Massey, Ontario (1977-1982). She served as secretary of the Division of Mission in Canada Committee of the Maritime Conference, was secretary of the National Committee on Liturgy, Chairman of the Committee on Liturgy for Manitou Conference, and President of Manitou Conference. She married Rev. Arthur Jackson in October, 1957. Her sister, Faith Bauman was a missionary with the United Methodist Church in India for over 25 years. Jackson died in June, 2003.

Ward, Anne, 1906-1980

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  • 1906-1980

Anne Isabel Ward was a missionary. She was born in Granton, Ontario on January 14, 1906 and attended the Toronto Conservatory of Music, the University of Western Ontario and the United Church Training School. In 1930 she was designated as missionary and was sent to West China under the Woman’s Missionary Society. She taught at the Hwa Yin Girls’ High School in Chengtu until 1937; served as Dean of Women at the West China Union University for a brief period and became head of its Fine Arts Department. In between she taught choral work and piano. She did not leave immediately following the establishment of the Communist government in 1949 but stayed on for two more years and was one of the last missionaries of the United Church to depart from China.
After a year’s furlough, Anne Ward took up the post of General Secretary of the Dominion Board of the Woman’s Missionary Society. Under her helm, the work of the Woman’s Missionary Society and Board of Overseas Missions was unified paving the way for the creation of United Church Women and the Board of Women. She served as the first secretary of the latter board from 1962-1969. She died on September 1, 1980.

Dahlin, Henry W., 1924-2000

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  • 1924-2000

Henry Waldemar Dahlin was a United Church Minister. He was born in Finland on April 18, 1924. He was ordained by Toronto Conference in 1963. Rev. Dahlin received his B.A. from the University of Toronto in 1973 and his B.D. from Emmanuel College in 1976.

He served the following charges in Ontario: Porcupine, 1963-1965; Bond Head, 1965-1976; Knox, Owen Sound, 1976-1981 and Bradford, 1982-1989[?].

Moore, Arthur Bruce Barbour, 1906-2004

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  • 1906-2004

Arthur Bruce Barbour Moore (1906-2004) was born in Keswick Ridge, New Brunswick. He received his early education in New Brunswick and Quebec and graduated from McGill in 1927 with honours in English and History. In 1930, he graduated from United Theological College in Montreal with his Bachelor of Divinity. Following graduation, he spent seven years as a minister in Quebec (Amherst Park United Church, Howick United Church) and four years as a minister of College Hill Church in Easton, Pennsylvania. From 1940-1942 he supplied at Parkdale United Church in Ottawa, then served at Westminster United Church in Saskatoon until 1946 when he was appointed Principal of St. Andrew’s college. He received a Doctor of Divinity in 1947, and was elected President of the Saskatchewan Conference of The United Church of Canada in 1949. In 1950 he was appointed President and Vice-Chancellor of Victoria University. In 1952 he received his Doctor of Laws from the University of Saskatchewan and a Doctor of Divinity from Trinity College in Toronto. From 1954-1958 he was Chairman of the Board of Overseas Missions of the United Church. In 1969, he was appointed President of the Canadian Council of Churches. From 1971-1972 he served as Moderator of the United Church. From 1973-1974 he served as an Interim Minister at St. Andrews Kirk in Nassau, Bahamas. In 1976 he served as Interim General Secretary of the Canadian Council of Churches and was also named to the Order of Canada. From 1977-1980 he served as Chancellor of the University of Toronto. Moore died in 2004. He was married to Margaret Moore who died in 2004.

Sparling, Edith, 1879-1965

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  • 1879-1965

Edith Plaxton Sparling (1879-1965) was born in Anderson, Ontario. She had some Business and Secretarial Training, and also graduated from the Methodist National Training School in 1909. She was appointed by the Women’s Missionary Society of the Methodist Church to West China in 1909. After a year of language study at Chengtu, she was appointed to Tzeliutsing for evangelistic work in 1910 and remained there for nine years. In 1919 she was transferred to Chungking for her next term of service. In 1924, she went to Fowchow and remained there for ten years. Then, in 1934 she was again appointed to Tzeliutsing and spent all the rest of her service there. Sparling retired on September 28, 1947 and lived in St. Mary’s and later Chatham, Ontario.

Lawson, Margaret, 1922-2012

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  • 1922-2012

Margaret Lawson (1922-2012) was born in Toronto. She was a fervent volunteer with the United Church in many capacities and at many levels; church, conference, presbytery, and national.

Lawson worked in the office of Sainthill Levine during World War II and met her husband, Bill Lawson at Young People’s at St. Paul’s Avenue Road. The Lawsons moved frequently throughout Ontario for Bill’s work. Margaret volunteered for various groups (the Women’s Association, United Church Women, Pastoral Care, Executive and Advisory Committee, and various Councils and Committees) at the Conference and Presbytery levels while a member at Welland Avenue United Church (St. Catharine’s), St. Andrews United Church (London) and Rideau Park United Church (Ottawa), Emmanuel United Church (Ottawa), Marshall Memorial United (Ancaster), and Donway Covenant United Church (Toronto). Lawson volunteered with the U.C.W. of Hamilton Conference as secretary and later Chair (1968-1970). During this time, on behalf of the church, she traveled to Japan and met with Women’s groups there. She was also on the Toronto Area Presbytery International Affairs Committee from 1984-1985.

Nationally, Lawson volunteered on the Executive of the Board of Women, serving as their representative on the Board of Men and Chair of their Finance Committee from 1968 until 1971 when the Board of Women joined the newly created Division of Mission in Canada. She volunteered on the Executive of the Division of Finance and the Executive of the Treasury Department from 1968-1977. She was on the General Council Executive and Sub-Executive from 1974-1977, and served on the following committees: Church Extension, Budget Validation, Salaries, Investment for Social Purposes, Project Committee and the Task Group on Confirmation Resources. She volunteered on the Executive and Sub-Executive of the Department of Church in Society from 1972-1977, and was Chairman of the Outreach Ministries and various other ministries. She was on the Board of Directors of The Observer, and the Executive of the Treasury Committee, the Investment Committee and the Pensions Department. She served as Chair of the Division of Mission from 1979-1983, and was chair of their Mutuality in Mission Committee from 1991-1992. She also served as the Division’s representative to the Division of World Outreach, JNAC (Japan-North American Commission on Cooperative Mission) as well as their Committee on East Asia & Pacific DOM/NCCCUSA. She was a member of the Women’s Missionary Society Book History Committee, chaired the Office Committee of the General Council, and the Archives Management Committee from 1991-1993.

Hylton, Lloyd Harold, 1912-1994

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  • 1912-1994

Lloyd Harold Hylton (1912-1994) was born in Toronto, Ontario in 1912. He earned a B.A and a B.D from McMaster University in 1943, and 1949 respectively. Originally working as a minister in the Baptist church, he served Jerseyville Baptist Church, Haldimond County. In 1957 he was received as Ordained by the United Church of Canada, Seaway Valley Presbytery. He served Two Charges in 19 years, and retired in 1977. During his time working as a minister for the United Church he also worked as a high school teacher from 1955 until 1980. After retirement he worked as a Champlain at Muskoka camp. Throughout his career he was quite involved with youth work including Rallies, Summer Weekend Camp Activities, and summers teaching summer school.

Campbell, Elizabeth B., 1869-1951

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  • 1869-1951

Elizabeth B. Campbell (1869-1951) was a missionary. She was born in Duntroon, Ontario and trained as a teacher. She started serving in Angola in 1900 under the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. After taking a leave of absence for a few years she returned in 1920 under the Canada Congregational Women’s Board of Missions. While under the American Board she worked at Elende and Chilesso and while under the Canadian Board worked at Chissamba (1920-1927) teaching Household Sciences courses; at Camundongo (1930-1933) she taught at the Vocational School for Girls.

She retired in Toronto in 1934 and died in 1951.

Moore, Churchill, 1854-1945

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  • 1854-1945

Churchill Moore was a Congregational Minister. He was born on September 28, 1854 in Economy, Nova Scotia. He graduated in Theology from the Congregational College of Canada in 1890 and served in Ayer’s Cliff, Quebec; Milton, Nova Scotia and Keswick Ridge, New Brunswick. He was married to Mary M. Mac Donald. He died in 1945.

Elliott, Barbara Joan, 1930-1992

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  • 1930-1992

Barbara Joan Elliott (1930-1992) was a Diaconal Minister. She was born in Kintore, Ontario, the daughter of a United Church minister. She attended the United Church Training School and earned her B.A. in 1965 from the University of Alberta and B.D. in 1968 from St. Stephen’s College. She was designated in Alberta Conference where she first served. She later went to Manitoba Conference and then to Saskatchewan Conference where she worked the longest. She was first involved with Christian education, then in leadership development programs for conference personnel and work with women in the church and feminism.

Fidler, Frank Prescott, 1907-1995

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  • 1907-1995

Frank Prescott Fidler (1907-1995) was a United Church Minister. He was born in Calgary but was raised in Winnipeg. He received his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering in 1928 from the University of Manitoba and his B.D. from Emmanuel College in 1934. He acted as a Boys’ Parliament Premier in 1924, and represented the Boys’ Parliaments of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba at the World Conference of Y.M.C.A. in Helsingfors, Finland in 1926. After attending Emmanuel, he acted as Boys’ Work Secretary of the British Columbia Conference of the Religious Education Council of Canada (1928-1931). Fidler was ordained in 1934 and called as an Associate Minister to Bloor Street United Church where he had been working as a student assistant to Dr. George Pidgeon. He remained there from 1933-1939. Then, Fidler acted as Minister of Glebe United Church, Ottawa, 1939-1949. For the next 20 years he served at General Council office as Associate Secretary of the Board of Christian Education in the area of family life education, Adult work, Couple’s Clubs and secretary of the National Marriage Guidance Council. He was largely responsible for preparing the New Curriculum, and also helped write two reports to the United Church Commission on Christian Marriage and Divorce: “Toward a Christian Understanding of Sex, Love and Marriage” (1962) and “Marriage Breakdown, Divorce, Remarriage, a Christian Understanding” (1964).

His professional interests extended outside of the church such that he became a founding member of the executive of the board of the Vanier Institute of the Family, first president of the Planned Parenthood Association of Toronto and president of the Family Planning Federation of Canada (1963-1970). He also acted as Executive Director of the Richmond Hill and Thornhill Area Family Services and was a Consultant in Marriage and Family Services to the United Church of Canada after his work at the General Council Office was completed.

Parker, William, 1880-1968

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  • 1880-1968

William Parker, born in 1880 in Yorkshire, England, was a Congregational, Presbyterian and later United Church minister. He was ordained in the Congregational Church in Michigan in 1904 and was received into the Presbyterian Church in Canada in 1920. He served as the minister of Kitchener Congregational Church,1917-1919, Hilton Beach Presbyterian Church, 1919-1921, and Minden Presbyterian Church, and 1921-1925, before church union. As a United Church minister, he served the following pastoral charges: Minden, 1925-1927; Queensborough, 1927-1930; Sebright, 1930-1932, 1946-1949; Stella, 1932-1934; Enniskillen, 1934-1935; Mallorytown, 1935-1940; Inverary, 1940-1943; Smithfield, 1943-1944; Bay, 1945-1946. He died on September 10, 1968.

Kabayama, Jun, 1895-1979

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  • 1895-1979

Jun Kabayama was born July 11, 1895 in Kagoshim-Ken, Japan. He took Commerce at Kansai Gakuin College. Following graduation in 1919, he joined the Japanese Army for one year before taking a job at the Public Department at Kobe City Hall before returning to Tokyo to attend Kansai Gakuin and learn under Dr. Armstrong. In 1923 he moved to Shizuoka and worked at a Mission Centre, and as Deputy Director of the Shizuoka Home of Inomiya. In 1924 he was asked by the Japanese Methodist Church to become a missionary. He was ordained by the Northern Division of the Japanese Methodist Church in 1929 and invited to come to Canada by the superintendent of the Home Mission Board of Orientals of the United Church of Canada. He served in Ocean Falls from 1929-1942, and was then forcefully relocated under the War Measures Act into an internment camp in British Columbia. He was then relocated and worked in Lethbridge, Alta (1942-1952); Okanagan Japanese (1952-1963); and Fraser Valley Japanese (1963-1965). Kabayama retired in 1965 and died in 1979.

Barclay, Lynden Harold Winter, 1912-1953

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  • 1912-1953

Lynden Harold Winter Barclay (1912-1953) was a minister in the United Church of Canada. He attended high school at Glebe Collegiate in Ottawa. After graduation he attended McGill University, receiving a B.A. in 1932. He then earned an M.A. in Education at Queen’s University in 1934. He graduated from Emmanuel College in 1941 and was soon ordained into the United Church. He took some further post-graduate work at Union Theological Seminary in 1942. He was a minister at Radville, Saskatchewan 1942-1944; Kenogami, Quebec 1944-1948 and Woodroffe in Ottawa from 1949-1951. He took a study leave in 1942 and was studying for his doctorate of theology at Emmanuel when he was killed in a car accident in 1953. His parents were Dr. and Mrs. G.O. Barclay who served at Bell Street in Ottawa for over 40 years.

Smith, Robert Frederick, 1934-

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  • 1934-

Robert Frederick Smith (1934-) was born in Montreal. After receiving his B.A. from the University of Alberta in 1956, he got a diploma in Theology at St. Stephen’s College in 1958, a B.D. from the University of Alberta in 1964, and a Th.D. at Boston University School of Theology in 1973. He was ordained by the Alberta Conference of the United Church in 1958, and also married Margaret Ellen Maguire that year. After his ordination, he held pastorates in the following areas: St. Lukes, Fort St. John, British Columbia (1958-1961), Trinity, Edmonton, Alberta (1961-1965), Memorial Congregational Church of Atlantic, Quincy, Massachusetts (1965-1968), Richmond Hill United Church (1968-1974), Eglinton United Church, Toronto (1974-1982), and Shaughnessy Heights United Church, Vancouver, British Columbia (1982-1984). Throughout his time as a minister he held many posts on many committees; Doctrinal Commission, General Commission on Church Union, Committee on Union and Joint Mission, Co-Chair of Roman Catholic-United Church Dialogue, and the Committee on Theology and Faith. He was chair of York Presbytery from 1972-1974, Toronto Area Presbytery from 1977-1979, and President of Toronto Conference from 1981-1982. He was Founding President of the Richmond Hill and Thornhill Area Family Services. He served as Moderator of the United Church from 1984-1986.

Tindal, Mardi, 1952-

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  • 1952-

Mardi Tindal, a layperson, was an administrator and a Moderator of The United Church of Canada (2009-2012). She was born in 1952 and grew up in Victoria Square, Ontario (now part of Markham). She graduated from York University with a B.A. psychology and holds an M.A. in educational psychology from the University of Toronto. She worked as a consultant on leadership and program development and Coordinator of recreational ministries and youth resources with the Division of Mission in Canada at the General Council Office. She also served as Communication and Stewardship officer at Hamilton Conference, director of Camp Big Canoe and was executive director of Five Oaks Centre before becoming Moderator. From the 1980s to the 1990 she was co-host, producer and writer of Spirit Connection. Mardi Tindal served as Moderator from 2009-2012. She is married to Douglas Tindal.

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