1888 Five women, including Frances Willard who is the president of the Women's Christian Temperance Union, are elected lay delegates to the Methodist Episcopal General Conference. The denomination establishes a deaconess program for laywomen.
Deaconesses serve the church in any capacity not requiring full clergy rights in ministries of love, justice and service.
1878 Lochie Rankin goes to China as the first missionary of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
1880 Anna Howard Shaw and Anna Oliver are refused ordination rights by the Methodist Episcopal General Conference.
1862 Amanda Hanby Billhelimer becomes the first United Brethren in Christ woman to serve as a missionary when she begins service in Sierra Leone with her husband.
1863 Fannie Crosby, a lifelong Methodist blind from infancy, writes her first hymn.
She writes more than 9,000 hymns, many of which remain perennial favorites (for example, "Blessed Assurance," "To God Be the Glory" and "Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior." 1866 Helenor M.
1835 Phoebe Palmer, evangelist and mother of the American holiness movement, conducts weekly prayer meetings in her home.
1837 Ann Wilkins is appointed missionary to Liberia by the Methodist Episcopal Missionary Society.
1784 Methodist Episcopal Church is established at the Christmas Conference in Baltimore. 1830 A group from the Methodist Episcopal Church organizes the Methodist Protestant Church as the result of differences about the role of bishops, the desire to elect presiding elders (district superintendents) and the desire for voting lay members of the annual conference.