Timeline of Great Missionaries

Timeline of Great Missionaries 

Prepared by Doug Nichols, Action International Ministries

Timeline of Great Missionaries

(and a few other well-known historical and church figures and events)

Dates

Name

Ministry/Place of Ministry

70-155/160

Polycarp

Bishop of Smyrna

354-430

Aurelius Augustine

Bishop of Hippo (Africa)

1235-1315

Raymon Lull

Scholar and missionary to North Africa

1320-1384

John Wyclif

Morning Star of Reformation

1373-1475

John Hus

Reformer

1483-1546

Martin Luther

Reformation leader (Germany)

1494-1536

William Tyndale

Bible Translator (England)

1509-1564

John Calvin

Theologian/Reformation

1513-1573

John Knox

Scottish Reformer

1517

Martin Luther

Ninety-Five Theses (nailed)

1605-1690

John Eliot

Missionary to North American Indians

1615-1691

Richard Baxter

Puritan Pastor (England)

1628-1688

John Bunyan

Pilgrim's Progress (England)

1662-1714

Matthew Henry

Pastor and Bible Commentator (England)

1700-1769

Nicholaus Ludwig Zinzendorf

Moravian Church Founder

1703-1758

Jonathan Edwards

Theologian (America)

1703-1791

John Wesley

Methodist Founder (England)

1714-1770

George Whitefield

Preacher of Great Awakening

1718-1747

David Brainerd

To North American Indians

1725-1760

The Great Awakening

 

1759-1833

William Wilberforce

Abolition (England)

1761-1834

William Carey

Pioneer Missionary to India

1766-1838

Christmas Evans

Wales

1768-1837

Joshua Marshman

Bible Translation, founded boarding schools with Carey 
(India)

1769-1823

William Ward

A missionary leader with the British Baptist mission 
(India)

1773-1828

Rev. George Liele   (African American)

Jamaica – One of first American missionaries

1780-1845

Elizabeth Fry

England Prison Reformer

1780-1828

Lott Carey    (African American)

Pioneer missionary to Liberia

1781-1812

Henry Martyn

India, Persia

1782

David George   (African American)

Pastored first black church in America and became 
missionary to Sierra Leone

1782-1834

Robert Morrison

China missionary

1788-1850

Adoniram Judson

Burma missionary

1789-1826

Ann Hasseltine Judson

Pioneer missionary to Myanmar

1794-1864

William (Billy) Bray

English evangelist

1795-1883

Robert Moffat

South Africa

1796-1839

John Williams

South Sea Islands

1805-1898

George Mueller

UK Missions Enthusiast

1806-1878

Alexander Duff

India

1807

Rev. Lott Carey  (African American)

With Rev. Cohn Teague—first American missionaries 
to Sierra Leone

1807

England abolition bill passed

 

1807-1891

Samuel Ajayi Crowther

Ex-slave missionary to Nigeria

1809-1898

William Gladstone

British Prime Minister

1813-1843

Robert Murray M’Cheyne

Scottish minister

1813-1873

David Livingstone

Africa missionary

1815-1868

William Burns

Scottish missionary to China

1820-1910

Florence Nightingale

English Nurse

1824-1907

John G. Paton

New Hebrides missionary

1828-1917

Andrew Murray

Devotional writer and promoter of missionary awakening
 (South Africa)

829-1912

General William Booth

Salvation Army (UK) Founder

1832-1905

J. Hudson Taylor

Founder of CIM – China

1834

Slavery abolished throughout British colonies

 

1834-1892

Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Prince of Preachers (England)

1836-1895

Adoniram Judson

Baptist Missions Promoter

1837-1870

Maria Taylor

China

1837-1899

D.L. Moody

Evangelist

1840-1912

Charlotte (Lottie) Moon

First single woman to China

1843-1891

James Gilmour

Scottish missionary to Mongolia

1845-1905

Thomas Barnardo

Orphan Homes (England)

1848-1915

Mary Slessor

Calabar (Nigeria)

1855-1922

(Sarasvati) Pandita Ramabai

Indian pioneer in educational and medical missions

1859-1936

Jonathan Goforth

Canadian missionary to China

1860-1931

C.T. Studd

Missionary to China, India, Africa

1860-1947

Rodney (Gipsy) Smith

Evangelist to UK and USA

1861-1946

Dixon Edwards Hoste

English missionary to China

1863-1945

G. Campbell Morgan

Westminster Chapel, London

1863-1953

Malla Moe

Norwegian missionary to Swaziland (South Africa)

1864-1942

Rosalind Goforth

Canadian missionary to China

1865

Slaves freed in USA!

 

1865-1927

William Henry Shepherd 
  (African American)

Missionary to Africa   

1865-1955

John R. Mott

Missions enthusiast

1865-1912

John Hyde

Man of prayer, missionary to India

1866 (May)

The Lammermuir Party (22)

CIM missionaries to China

1867-1947

Robert E. Speer

Presbyterian Foreign Missions

1867-1951

Amy Carmichael

Dohnavur, India

1867-1951

Samuel Zwemer

Abrabian Peninsula missionary

1867-1896

Peter Cameron Scott

Founder of AIM – Africa

1869 (Nov. 17)

Suez Canal opens

 

1872-1942

Rowland Bingham

Founder of SIM – Nigeria, Africa

1873-1945

Robert A. Jaffray

Canadian missionary to China and Indonesia

1873-1928

Temple Gairdner

Scottish missionary to Egypt

1884-1973

E. Stanley Jones

India

1884-1970

Frank Charles Laubach

Literacy pioneer and missionary (Philippines)

1886-1938

James O. Fraser

China

1889-1929/33

Sadhu Sundar Singh

India and Tibet

1892-1983

Corrie ten Boom

The Hiding Place

1894-1973

Eli Stanley Jones

India

1895-1993

Norman Grubb

Africa – WEC

1896-1982

William Cameron Townsend

Founder of SIL/Wycliffe and missionary to Guatemala

1897-1990

Donald McGavran

India

1899-1981

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Westminster Chapel – London

1900-1901

Boxer Rebellion

China

1901-1957

Isobel Kuhn

China

1901-1944

John Sung

Evangelist in China

1901-1991

Wang Mingdao

China Persecuted Church leader

1902-1970

Gladys Aylward

The Little Woman – China

1902-1995

J. Oswald Sanders

CIM-OMF General Director

1903-2000

Brother Bakht Singh

Missionary from India to Tibet

1903-1972

Watchman Nee

Chinese Pastor and Preacher

1905-1984

Joy Ridderhof

Gospel Recordings

1906-1934

Elizabeth “Betty” Stam

China

1907-1934

John Stam

China

1910-1965

Kenneth Strachan

Costa Rica

1912-2000

Richard Wurmbrand

Romanian Persecuted Pastor

1914-1978

Bob Pierce

Founder of World Vision

1923-1956

Nate Saint

Ecuador

1927-1956

Jim Elliot

Ecuador

1925-

Helen Roseveare

Congo

1929-1968

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Civil rights Leader - USA