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Davisson is ordained deacon by the North Indiana Conference of the Methodist Protestant Church, making her the first ordained woman in the Methodist tradition.

1869 Margaret Newton Van Cott is the first woman in the Methodist Episcopal Church to receive a local preacher's license.

1875 Pauline Williams Martindale is ordained an elder in the Methodist Protestant Church.


1884 The Methodist Protestant Church rules Anna Howard Shaw's ordination out of order.

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.

1800 Philip Otterbein and Martin Boehm found the Church of the United Brethren in Christ. 1844 Methodist Episcopal Church, South separates from The Methodist Episcopal Church over the issues of slavery and episcopacy.

1946 Evangelical United Brethren Church is created by merger of the Evangelical Church and the United Brethren Church.

1968 The United Methodist Church is formed by the union of The Evangelical United Brethren Church and The Methodist Church. 1770 Mary Evans Thorne is appointed class leader by Joseph Pilmore in Philadelphia; she is probably the first woman in America so appointed.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.


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