The daughter of a Methodist minister, Clara Celestia Hale Babcock was ordained in 1888. The first woman ordained in the Christian Churches, she held pastorates in four churches, conducted numerous evangelistic meetings and personally baptized at least 1,500 people.
In her obituary in the Christian-Evangelist, it was remembered that “her converts and acquaintances esteemed her highly for her strong intellect, clear presentation of the scriptures and effective appeal on behalf of Christ.”
Sarah Lue Bostick was among the first African American women ordained to the Christian ministry in the late 19th century. She labored as a field worker for the Christian Woman’s Board of Missions and the National Christian Missionary Society among African American congregations in Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Kansas, Texas, and Oklahoma. She carried on her successful work for over 40 years, until her retirement in 1938.
Raymond Brown held a variety of positions at the general church level including serving as the first Vice Moderator of the Christian Church. During his four year presidency at National Christian Missionary Convention he became instrumental in merging the predominantly African American organization with the General Convention.