John Jasper Methvin

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John Jasper Methvin

John Jasper Methvin

“His one increasing purpose was to preach and teach the Good News of Jesus Christ to the Indians…a poetic soul, full of humor, sound philosophy and inspiring religion.”
Sidney Babcock, 1941


Rev. John Jasper Methvin was born in Georgia and formally educated in the practice of law and was admitted to the bar before becoming licensed to preach in the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, in 1870. He served as the president of both Gainesville College in Georgia (1880-1883) and Butler Female College (1883-1885), and resigned the position to come to Skullyville, Indian Territory, as Superintendent of New Hope Seminary in the Choctaw Nation in 1885. He held the same position with the Seminole Academy, but was so concerned at the lack of teachers and preachers in the territory that the Bishop and Mission Board assigned him as a missionary to the area in 1887. He centralized his work among the Kiowas, Comanches, and Apaches, and a school, Methvin Institute, opened with fifteen students. Rev. Methvin was also an active participant in the affairs of the Indian Mission Conference and retired from active service in 1908.

Fun fact

After serving for two years in the Confederate Army, John Jasper Methvin completed college studies and law school and was admitted to the bar in Georgia. He spent only a short while as an attorney before becoming a minister.

Oklahoma connections

Methvin came to Indian Territory in 1885 to teach and preach to Native Americans.








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