Reverend Prince Williams – Bahamas Islands; served 50 years

Rev. Prince Williams was an escaped slave from South Carolina – he fled to St. Augustine Florida.  He was the first African-American Baptist missionary to the Bahama Islands. He left Saint Augustine, FL, around 1790 headed for Nassau.  On August 1, 1790, he obtained land and ground breaking ceremonies for Bethel’s Meeting House commenced on Monday, … Continue reading Reverend Prince Williams – Bahamas Islands; served 50 years

Amanda Berry Smith – Egypt, Sierra Leone, and Liberia; served for 8 years

Evangelist and missionary Amanda Berry Smith (1837-1915) became well known for her beautiful voice and inspired teaching and hence, opportunities to evangelize in the South and West opened up for her. In 1876, she was invited to speak and sing in England and to travel in a first class cabin provided by her friends. The … Continue reading Amanda Berry Smith – Egypt, Sierra Leone, and Liberia; served for 8 years

John Stewart (Wyandotte Indians, Ohio) – served 1815 to 1823

John Stewart was a missionary to the Wyandotte Indians of Ohio and founder of what is often considered 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 … Continue reading John Stewart (Wyandotte Indians, Ohio) – served 1815 to 1823

Eliza Davis George – Liberia; served from 1913 to 1972

Eliza Davis George was born in 1879.  In December 1913 she left Texas for New York; and on December 12, 1913, she sailed from New York to Liberia as a National Baptist missionary. Eliza and another missionary opened a school for children in the interior of Liberia, where there were few missionaries or churches. They called … Continue reading Eliza Davis George – Liberia; served from 1913 to 1972