Women Pioneers in Continental European Methodism, 1869-1939: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Women Pioneers in Continental European Methodism, 1869-1939

1st Edition

Edited by Paul W. Chilcote, Ulrike Schuler


222 pages | 16 B/W Illus.

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Despite the fact that women are often mentioned as having played instrumental roles in the establishment of Methodism on the Continent of Europe, very little detail concerning the women has ever been provided to add texture to this historical tapestry. This book of essays redresses this by launching a new and wider investigation into the story of pioneering Methodist women in Europe.

By bringing to light an alternative set of historical narratives, this edited volume gives voice to a broad range of religious issues and concerns during the critical period in European history between 1869 and 1939. Covering a range of nations in Continental Europe, some important interpretive themes are suggested, such as the capacity of women to network, their ability to engage in God’s work, and their skill at navigating difficult cultural boundaries.

This ground breaking study will be of significant interest to scholars of Methodism, but also to students and academics working in history, religious studies, and gender.


Each chapter has its own bibliography, which bears witness to the quality of the research upon which it rests. The volume is also enhanced by maps and photographs. The editors are to be congratulated on beginning to uncover a fascinating story and it is to be hoped that more can be discovered.

-Martin Wellings, Methodist Recorder

Table of Contents

Uncovering the Story of Women Pioneers in European Methodism: An Introduction

Paul W. Chilcote & Ulrike Schuler

Part I. Bible Women, Deaconesses, and Missionaries

1 Methodist Bible Women in Bulgaria and Italy

Paul W. Chilcote & Ulrike Schuler

2 The Pioneering Deaconess Movement in Germany

Mareike Bloedt

3 The European Roots of the American Methodist Deaconess Movement

Margit Herfart

4 Methodist Women Missionaries in Bulgaria and Italy

Paul W. Chilcote & Ulrike Schuler

5 Methodist Women’s Mission Societies in Germany and Switzerland

Ulrike Schuler

6 Methodist Women Pioneers in Belgium, Czechoslovakia, and Poland

Paul W. Chilcote & Ulrike Schuler


Part II. Portraits of Pioneer Women

7 Baroness Amelie von Langenau: Pioneer of Methodism in Austria

Michael Wetzel

8 Anna Eklund: Methodist Pioneer in Russia

S T Kimbrough, Jr.

9 Ines Piacentini Ferreri: Pioneer of "Wholesome Feminism" in Italy

Andrea Annese

10 Sketches of Methodist Women Pioneers

Paul W. Chilcote, compiler

About the Editors

Paul W. Chilcote is Professor of Theology at Asbury Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida. He has published 25 books, many of them on the history of Methodism and women’s studies, including She Offered Them Christ and The Methodist Defense of Women in Ministry.

Ulrike Schuler is Professor of Church History, Methodism, and Ecumenical Studies at United Methodist-related Reutlingen School of Theology in Germany. She has served as Chair of the European Methodist Historical Society and President of the World Methodist Historical Society.

About the Series

Routledge Methodist Studies Series

Editorial Board: Ted A. Campbell, David N. Hempton, Priscilla Pope-Levison, Martin Wellings and Karen B. Westerfield Tucker

Methodism remains one of the largest denominations in the USA and is growing in South America, Africa and Asia (especially in Korea and China). This series spans Methodist history and theology, exploring its success as a movement historically and in its global expansion. Books in the series will look particularly at features within Methodism which attract wide interest, including: the unique position of the Wesleys; the prominent role of women and minorities in Methodism; the interaction between Methodism and politics; the ‘Methodist conscience’ and its motivation for temperance and pacifist movements; the wide range of Pentecostal, holiness and evangelical movements; and the interaction of Methodism with different cultures.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / General
RELIGION / Christianity / Methodist
RELIGION / Sexuality & Gender Studies
RELIGION / Christian Church / History