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History of WGM

June 1910

Rev. and Mrs. Cecil and Ellen Troxel and Rev. and Mrs. Woodford and Harriet Taylor became World Gospel Mission’s first missionaries. They ministered alongside two national Christians in China with the Missionary Department of the National Association for the Promotion of Holiness under the Christian Holiness Association.

Woodford and Harriet Taylor

Cecil and Ellen Troxel

November 1910

Mrs. Beatrice Beezley was chosen as the Missionary Department’s secretary of the China Bureau.
Mrs. Beatrice “Mother” Beezley

1913

The first Prayer Band was organized in Chicago on July 10. It met six hours each Friday to pray.

1919

Call to Prayer  was first published by Mrs. Beezley as a bimonthly magazine.

1920

The China Field reported 15 missionaries, 50 Chinese workers, and hundreds of Chinese Christians.

1925

Homeland headquarters moved into a room in the Chicago Evangelistic Institute in Illinois.

1926

The Mission separated from CHA and became incorporated in Illinois as The Missionary Society of the National Association for the Promotion of Holiness.

1937

The organization’s name was changed to the National Holiness Missionary Society.

1946

The Mission reported 102 missionaries and seven fields, including China, Kenya, India, Burundi, Honduras, Bolivia, and the Mexico border.

1952

Headquarters moved to Marion, Indiana, in the former YMCA building, donated by Marion businessman Merlin J. Loew.

1954

The Mission’s name was officially changed to World Gospel Mission.

1957

Men With Vision was founded as an outreach of WGM.

1963

Six young people served on the mission field, starting the Summer Career Corps. This outreach later became known as the Volunteers In Action program.

1967

WGM reported work on 16 fields, including China, Kenya, India, Burundi, Honduras, Bolivia, Mexico, Japan, the American Indian Field, Taiwan, Lebanon, Peniel Missions, Egypt, Haiti, the Texas-Mexico border, and Brazil.

1969-1992

WGM began ministries in Indonesia, Argentina, Nicaragua, Haitian American Ministries, Israel, Tanzania, Paraguay, Hungary, and Uganda.

1975

Headquarters moved from downtown Marion, Indiana, to the present George R. Warner Missionary Center east of town.

1982

Prayer Lifeline began as a phone-in taped recording of praise and prayer items for the week.

1986

WGM goes live with wgm.org, its official website.

2009

Call to Prayer became The Call, a resource encouraging readers to become missions active wherever they are. The magazine later became a quarterly publication.

2010

WGM celebrated its 100th anniversary during International Celebration of Missions in Marion, Indiana. Partnering with local churches and Indiana Wesleyan University, WGM commemorated the past 100 years of doing God’s work together. An estimated 1,000 people, representing 19 different countries, attended the milestone event.

Present

WGM's mission is to engage Christlike disciples to transform the world. Click here for a map of WGM's locations.

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