250th Anniversary Videos

To celebrate 250 years of United Methodism in the New York Area, the NYAC Commission on Archives and History (CAH) developed educational biographies that tell the stories of 25 luminaries in the New York Conference over the past 250 years.  

The CAH also created short videos of ten of these 250th anniversary luminaries, which were shown at Annual Conference at Hofstra University June 8-11, 2016. 

To view a video, click on the image or name. A new window will open on vimeo.com. You can view the video there or use the "Download" button to download a copy that you can view off-line. 


Nathan Bangs

Pioneer Publisher, Theologian and Methodist Historian



Phoebe Palmer

Prophetess of the Holiness Movement



Maggie Newton Van Cott

First Woman Licensed to Preach in the Methodist Episcopal Church



Fanny Crosby

Hymn Writer, Teacher Mission Worker



Frank Mason North

Activist for the Social Gospel, Community Organizer and Poet



Ralph Sockman

Nationally-Known Radio Preacher and Pastor of Christ Church



William James

Teacher, Mentor and Community Leader



Roy C. Nichols

Social Justice Advocate and First African American Bishop in the UMC


Amos Seung Won Rhee

Korean Community Leader and Pastor of First UMC of Flushing


Shirley I. Parris

First Woman District and Conference Lay Leader