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John Weir Foote (1904-1988)
John Weir Foote
The only chaplain in World War II to receive the Victoria Cross, John Weir Foote was born and raised in Madoc, Ontario. He entered the Presbyterian ministry in 1934 and enlisted in the Canadian Chaplain Service five years later. Assigned to the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry, Foote distinguished himself during the ill-fated Dieppe Raid on August 19, 1942. Acting "with utter disregard for his personal safety", he ministered to the wounded and carried injured personnel from exposed positions on the beach to first aid posts and landing craft, all while under heavy enemy fire. Ultimately he was taken prisoner because he refused to abandon those who could not be evacuated. For his courageous actions he was awarded the Victoria Cross, the British commonwealth’s highest military decoration for valour.
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Sun, Feb 19th - 4:39AM

Robert Alexander Fyfe (1816-1878)
Robert Alexander Fyfe
Robert Alexander Fyfe was a Baptist minister and educator.

Fyfe was born at St. André, near Montreal, the son of Scots who had emigrated from Dundee. Overcoming severe financial and health problems, he entered the Newton institute, near Boston, and graduated in 1842. Fyfe was ordained to the ministry at the Brookline Massachusetts Baptist Church on 25 Aug. 1842, and went on to be the pastor of several churches in Canada and in the United States.

In 1860, Fyfe became principal of the newly-organized Baptist college at Woodstock, Ontario, and he retained this position until his death at Woodstock on September 4, 1878. Through the institute, he exerted great influence on all aspects of denominational life. After Fyfe’s death, the theology department was moved in 1881 to Toronto as the Toronto Baptist College; in 1887 it was incorporated as McMaster University. The Canadian Literary Institute, which had remained in Woodstock, was in affiliation and it was renamed Woodstock College.
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Mon, Feb 13th - 4:43AM

Aimee Semple McPherson (1890-1944)
Aimee Semple McPherson
The celebrated evangelist and faith healer Aimee (Kennedy) McPherson was born on a farm near Ingersoll, Ontario. Daughter of a Methodist farmer and a Salvation Army worker, she led revivalist meetings in Ontario in 1915-16. She barnstormed the United States, drawing large crowds in tents, concert halls and sports arenas. Capitalizing on her vast popularity she founded the Church of the Foursquare Gospel and built the Angelus Temple in Los Angeles in 1923. Sister Aimee preached her message of Christian love daily in the temple's 5000 seat auditorium and over its radio station. She staged morality plays, healed countless invalids, and oversaw social relief programs. Although scandals and financial troubles beset McPherson at the height of her fame, the Foursquare Gospel Church flourished. It now operates worldwide.
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Tue, Feb 7th - 4:33AM

Henry Scadding (1813-1901)
Henry Scadding
the Rev'd Henry Scadding was born in Devonshire, England, and came to Upper Canada in 1821. Educated at Upper Canada College and Cambridge University, he was ordained to the Anglican priesthood at St. James Church, Toronto, in 1838, and the same year became Master of Classics at Upper Canada College. In 1847 Scadding was appointed first rector of the nearby Church of the Holy Trinity, where he served until 1875.

The town house where he lived from its completion in 1862 until his death is now an Ontario Heritage site.

Scadding, a noted scholar, wrote numerous religious, literary, and historical works, including his best-known books, "Toronto of Old" (1873) and, in collaboration with J.C. Dent, "Toronto: Past and Present" (1884). Largely through his efforts the Ontario Historical Society, originally called the Pioneer Association of Ontario, was established on September 4, 1888.
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Wed, Feb 1st - 9:37AM

Edward Manning (1766-1851)
Edward Manning
Edward Manning was a Baptist minister during the formative years of Baptist development in the Maritimes.

Manning came to Falmouth, Nova Scotia about 1769, at age 3, with his Irish Catholic family. The New Light movement begun by Henry Alline had a tremendous impact on Manning. He was converted in 1789 and shortly thereafter served as pastor with the New Light Congregational Church and later became a Baptist minister.

In 1800, he was a founder of the Nova Scotia Baptist Association. The steady influence of Edward Manning combined with the driving enthusiasm of Halifax Baptists led to the founding of Horton Academy (1828) and Acadia College (1838). He also provided leadership and encouragement in the movement towards Baptist home and foreign missions and in the temperance movement.

Throughout his 40-year ministry Manning’s congregation never managed to pay him an adequate salary. He farmed and doctored his neighbours to augment his uncertain income.

Manning kept a detailed journal throughout much of his life (1795-1846) as well as copies of many of his letters. The journal makes many refeneces to his physical condition and his expected death but he actually lived to age 84 and died in 1851 in Upper Canard, N.S.

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