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Biographical Index of Missionaries

Biographies are developed by PHC volunteers and staff from original research and from various published sources. During 2010, there will be a master index of ministers and missionaries to aid in searches. Thanks for your patience. Please email additional information or pictures to the PHC. This database is under construction, so additional items are being updated.

This page allows you to begin searching for Presbyterian missionaries by country (see listing)
Countries & Missions are arranged by Continent/Country/Chronological Start of Missions

Native Americans (1741 -

Hawaii (1823 -

   Liberia (1833 -
   Gabon (1843 -
   Corisco (1850 -
   Kamerun/Cameroon (1874 -
   Congo (1892 -

   India (1831 -
   China (1837 -
   Singapore (1837 -
   Siam/Thailand (1840 -
   Japan (1859 -

Middle East
   Palestine (1818 -
   Constantinople/Turkey (1831 -
   Syria (1834 -
   Persia (1834 -

Latin & South America
   Chile (1845 -
   Columbia (1856 -
   Brazil (1859 -

There are tens of thousands of Presbyterian missionaries, so please bear with us as we will be periodically adding to the listings, as well as improving the information about each missionary.

Overview of Presbyterian & Congregational Missionaries
   We are beginning with American Presbyterian mission personnel who began their service before and after the formation of the first General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. in 1789, and before the Civil War with the division of the American Presbyterian Church between the Northern PCUSA and the Southern PCUS in 1861. Additional information on later missionaries will be added in the future.
   In the early years of this period, missionaries were appointed and supported by particular presbyteries or synods, or by independent mission agencies. In the period 1810-1838, most Presbyterian national and foreign missionaries were appointed and supported by the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (ABCFM), an independent nondenominational body formed in 1810. In 1833, Pittsburgh Synod formed the Western Foreign Missionary Society, which paved the way for the formation of a Presbyterian mission board. In 1837 there was a major division between Old School and New School Presbyterians (1837-1869). The Presbyterian Church (Old School) formed its own Board of Foreign Missions (BFM), which gradually assumed responsibility for most Presbyterian missionaries. The New School Presbyterians continued to prosecute mission work through ABCFM.

   The Directory is arranged according to countries or regions. Within each country/region, the individual descriptions are arranged chronologically, in so far as possible, according to the date when each person began missionary service. An alphabetical index of mission personnel will be provided in the future.

Sources for information regarding mission personnel is given in italics. Major sources are the following:
- Arnold, Frank L., Long Road to Obsolescence: A North American Mission to Brazil. (Philadelphia: Xlibris, 2008)
- Brown, Arthur Judson, One Hundred Years. (New York: Fleming H. Revell Co., 1936)
- Brown, George Thompson, Earthern Vessels & Transcendent Power: American Presbyterians in China, 1837-1952. (Maryknoll, NY.: Orbis Books, 1997)
- Cogswell, James A., No Turning Back: A History of American Presbyterian Involvement in Sub-Saharan Africa, 1833-2000. (Philadelphia: Xlibris, 2007)
- Latourette, Kenneth Scott, A History of the Expansion of Christianity, Vol. V- VI. (New York, London: Harper & Brothers, 1944)
- Moffett, Samuel Hugh, A History of Christianity in Asia, Vol. II: 1500-1900. (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2003)
- Nevin, Alfred, Encyclopedia of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America. 1884.
- Presbyterian Church U.S.A. General Assembly Minutes, 1789-1861.
- Scott, Rev. E.C., Ministerial Directory of the Presbyterian Church, U.S., 1861-1941.
- Sweet, William Warren, The Story of Religion in America (New York & London, Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1939)
- Thompson, Ernest Trice, Presbyterians in the South, Volume One, 1607-1861. (Richmond, VA: John Knox Press, 1963)

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