John Stewart served in Ohio among the Wyandotte people; 1815 – 1823

John Stewart. Black Missionary to Wyandotte Indians in Ohio from 1815 to 1823.

John Stewart served in Ohio as a missionary to Wyandotte Indians. 1815 to 1823.
John Stewart was a missionary to the Wyandotte Indians of Ohio and the founder of the first Methodist mission in America. Stewart was born in Virginia in 1786 to free Negro parents. At some point, he joined the Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1815 Stewart felt that he was being called to spread the word of God among the Native Americans. He set out on a journey to complete this calling. His first stop was in Goshen, Ohio, for almost six months. After this, he moved to Sandusky, Ohio, where he worked among the Wyandotte people.
Stewart successfully converted both chiefs and tribal members to Christianity, which leaves him with the credit of starting the first highly successful Methodist mission among the Indians of the United States. On August 7, 1819, the Ohio Annual Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church established the first official mission to the Native Americans, mainly based on Stewart’s work among the Wyandotte. Stewart died on December 17, 1823, at the age of 37.