John Stewart served in Ohio among the Wyandotte people

Stewart was born in Virginia in 1786. He became a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1815 Stewart felt that he was being called to spread the word of God among the Native Americans. John Stewart served in Ohio as a missionary to Wyandotte Indians from 1815 to 1823.

Stewart successfully converted both chiefs and tribal members to Christianity. He received much resistance from white missionaries who considered him a rival and accused him of being a runaway slave. To keep his ministry moving, in 1819, he returned home to become fully licensed by the Methodist Episcopal Church. 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.