May 1, 1916. The story of Orville Merillat, born on this date.
May 3, 1898. Five missionaries supported by the Women’s Missionary Association are murdered in Sierra Leone during the Hut Tax War. On May 3, 1992, over 30 UB missionaries are evacuated from Sierra Leone aboard a US military transport.
May 4, 1774. The story of William Otterbein’s 39 years as pastor of what is now called Old Otterbein Church in Baltimore, Md.
May 5, 1816. The story of Bishop David Edwards, one of our most influential bishops (1849-1876), born on this day.
May 6, 1950. The story of 24-year bishop Walter Musgrave, a “dynamo in the pulpit,” who passed away on this date.
May 7, 1880. The life of Bishop William Hanby, who died on this day.
May 9, 1929. General Conference begins at the King Street church in Chambersburg, Pa., whose new pastor was Clyde Meadows.
May 10, 1767. This is the actual day of our 250th anniversary–the day William Otterbein and Martin Boehm met at Long’s Barn in Lancaster, Pa., and the words “We are brethren!” were spoken.
May 11, 1865. The start of the 1865 General Conference, which began shortly after the end of the Civil War.
May 13, 1889. The day Milton Wright and others walked out of the 1889 General Conference and, in effect, started the United Brethren Church of today.
May 14, 1988. The Huntington College graduation of Buddy Labor, a Sierra Leonean who is the school’s best-ever soccer player.
May 15, 1829. The story of the 1829 UB General Conference, which passed the first statement against membership in Freemasonry.
May 16, 1994. With Sierra Leone descending into anarchy, the Board of Missions passes a resolution to withdraw all missionaries from Sierra Leone and fully nationalize the ministries there.
May 17, 1821. The start of the 1821 General Conference, which passed strong statements against slavery and alcohol.
May 18, 1993. June Brown, 35-year missionary in Sierra Leone, received an honorary doctorate from Huntington University.
May 20, 1869. General Conference debates pulling out of Sierra Leone, until hearing a strong message from Bishop Daniel shuck.
May 22, 1799. Another powerful message from Martin Boehm, but not response from the congregation.
May 23, 1987. Bishop Clarence Kopp and Owen Gordon meet with a group of Jamaican immigrants in New York City about starting a Jamaican church there.
May 24, 1988. The story of Patti Stone, a nurse who died after just one year at Mattru Hospital in Sierra Leone.
May 25, 1839. The story of Andrew Zeller, our fourth bishop.
May 25, 1843. The story of Stephen Lillibridge, a UB minister in Ohio’s Black Swamp who, after a very fruitful eight years, passed away at age 28.
May 26, 1830. The story of William Davis, one of our early pioneer preachers in Indiana.
May 29, 1805. The re-election of William Otterbein and Martin Boehm after what was supposed to be four-year terms, but ended up being five years.
May 30, 1899. The story of Dr. Elmer Becker, president of Huntington College 1941-1965–the longest tenure of any HC president before or since.
May 31, 1867. The daughter of missionary Oliver Hadley, and the diary she kept.