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Hiscock, Peggy A. Priscilla
1922-  ; e.m. 1968

The first Methodist woman ordinand, born at Bedhampton, Hants. After training at the Wesley Deaconess College, Ilkley, 1948-50, her first appointments were on Home Mission Caravans in the Oxford and Gloucester and the Bradford Districts. After a course at Kingsmead College, Selly Oak, she served from 1958 to 1974 in Rhodesia, which became the independent state of Zambia in 1964. In April 1968 she was ordained into the ministry of the United Church of Zambia, despite the fact that the first ordinations of women in British Methodism was delayed pending the outcome of the Anglican-Methodist scheme of union and did not take place until 1974. Returning to Britain in 1975, her ordination was officially recognized in the home connexion, giving her seniority among the first women ministers. She was warden of Methodist International House, London from 1975 to 1978 and served on the Overseas Missionary Committee.

Sources

  • Colin Morris, Snapshots: Episodes in a Life (2007) pp.78-80

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