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Ralph Eugene Diffendorfer, American missionary executive. Award Order of the Jade, Chinese Govt.

Background

Diffendorfer, Ralph Eugene was born on August 15, 1879 in Hayesville, Ohio, United States. Son of Frank and Addie L. (Arnold) Diffendorfer.

Education

Bachelor of Arts, Ohio Wesleyan University, 1902 (Phi Beta Kappa). B D., Drew Theological Seminary, 1907. Studied Union Theological Seminary, 1913-1914.

Doctor of Divinity, Ohio Wesleyan University, 1925, Doctor of Laws, 1942. Doctor of Laws, Illinois Wesleyan University, 1941. Doctor of Laws Boston University, 1951.

Career

Served as assistant secretary Epworth League, 1902-1904. Secretary Missionary Education Movement United States and Canada, 1904-1916. Educational secretary Board Home Missions and Church Extension and Board of Foreign Missions, Methodist Episcopal Church, 1916-1917.

Associate secretary Centenary Commission, Branch of Home Missions and Church Extension, Methodist Episcopal Church, 1918. Director of Home Missions Survey, Interchurch World Movement, 1919-1920. Secretary department of education, commission on conservation and advance, Methodist Episcopal Church, Chicago, Illinois, 1920-1924.

Correspondent secretary Board of Foreign Missions, Methodist Episcopal Church, 1924-1940. Executive secretary Division of Foreign Missions of the Board of Missions and Church Extension, Methodist Church, 1940-1949. Delaware 1st International Conference on Missionary Education, Lunteren, Holland, 1911.

Delegate to General Conference of Methodist Episcopal Church Church, 1928, 32, 36, Newark Annual Conference. Delegate to International Missionary Council, Jerusalem, 1928. Delegate to Life and Work Council, Oxford, England, 1937.

Delegate to International Missionary Council, Madras, India, 1938. Delegate to Uniting Methodist Conference, Kansas City, Missoury, 1939. Member of General Conference Methodist Church, 1940, 44, 48.

Member Executive Committee, Commision on International Justice and Goodwill of Federal Council of Churches. Member Foreign Mission Conference of N. America (chairman of committee of reformed and council, member Committee on Cooperation in Latin American. Chairman advance program).

Member, director Church World Service, Inc. (chairman Christian literature Committee). President of the board founders Nanking Theological Seminary.

Member Com of Council. Ad-interim Committee of International Missionary Council. Director Conference on Christian Bases of World Order, Delaware, O., March, 1945.

Conslt. for Foreign Missions Conference of N. American at First Assembly of World Council of Churches, Amsterdam, 1948. President, trustee Clifton Springs (New York) Sanitarium. President of board of trustees Santiago (Chile) College.

Trustee Colegio Ward (Buenos Aires). President Japan International Christian U. Foundation. Member Methodist deputation to Japan, 1941.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Author: Child Life in Mission Lands, 1904. Junior Studies in the life of Christ, 1904. A Modern Disciple of Jesus Christ—David Livingstone, 1913.Thy Kingdom Come, 1914. Missionary Education in Home and School, 1917. The Church and the Community, 1920.Editor: The World Service of the Methodist Episcopal Church, 1923. China-Japan?, 1938

Membership

Served as assistant secretary Epworth League, 1902-1904. Member of General Conference Methodist Church, 1940, 44, 48. Member Executive Committee, Commision on International Justice and Goodwill of Federal Council of Churches.

Member Foreign Mission Conference of N. America (chairman of committee of reformed and council. Member, director Church World Service, Inc. (chairman Christian literature Committee).

Member Com of Council. Ad-interim Committee of International Missionary Council. Member Methodist deputation to Japan, 1941.

Member Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Gamma Mu, Theta Phi. Award Order of the Jade, Chinese Government, 1940.

Connections

Married M. Edna Saylor, November 4, 1903.

father:
Frank Diffendorfer

mother:
Addie L. (Arnold) Diffendorfer

spouse:
M. Edna Saylor