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Free Methodist Church records and publications, 1950-1990

Overview of the Collection

Free Methodist Church of North America
Free Methodist Church records and publications
1950-1990 (bulk)
1922-1998 (inclusive)
9.0 linear feet
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The Free Methodist denomination was formed in 1860 from splinter groups of the Methodist Episcopal Church in western New York state and Illinois. The denomination is part of the Holiness movement and can be theologically placed in the Wesleyan tradition. This collection contains yearbooks, minutes, 1989 General Conference records, and some publications.
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Collection is open for research.

Funding for preparing this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

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This collection contains Free Methodist yearbooks, 1922-1998 (some gaps), Free Methodist Conference minutes, 1927-1955; hymnals, 1910 and other year(s); and 1989 General Conference records.

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The Free Methodist denomination was founded in 1860. Congregations that were expelled from the Methodist Episcopal Church in western New York state and Illinois comprised its first adherents. Early leaders include B.T. Roberts, Loren Stiles, Walter Sellew, John Wesley Redfield and Wilson T. Hogue. Theologically, the denomination is part of the Wesleyan tradition and was an early player in the Holiness Movement that swept through the United States in the later part of the 19th century.

Institutions of higher learning affiliated with the Free Methodist Church include: Azusa Pacific University (Azusa, CA), Central Christian College (McPherson, KS), Greenville College (Greenville, IL), Roberts Wesleyan College (Rochester, NY), Seattle Pacific University (Seattle, WA) and Spring Arbor University (Spring Arbor, MI).

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