Obverse: Head of Bishop William X. Ninde, facing right. 1896 – 1900 / BISHOP NINDE Inscription curvered below.
CENTURY MISSIONARY THANK OFFERING, above around ∙ PREST EPWORTH LEAGUE ∙, around below.
Reverse: Image of cross in center, with small cross in center, circle around, LOOKUP / LIFTUP, each within a small circle, E to left panel, L to right panel / 1901.
Inscription: GO YE INTO ALL THE WORLD PREACH THE GOSPEL TO EVERY CREATURE, around
Edge: plain , Copper 31mm, medal image 2X
NINDE, William Xavier, D.D., M. E. bishop, born in Cortland, New York, 21 June, 1832. His father, Reverend William Ward Ninde, was a well-known Methodist preacher in New York State. The son was graduated at Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, in 1855, and after teaching in Rome Academy, New York, entered the Methodist ministry in 1856. He served as pastor of churches in Ohio, visited Europe and the East in 1868-'9, and in 1870 was transferred to the Detroit conference. In 1873 he was appointed professor of practical theology in the Biblical institute in Evanston, Illinois, of which he became president in 1879. He also served from 1876 till 1879 as pastor of the Central church in Detroit, Michigan. He was a delegate to the Methodist Ecumenical Conference in London in 1881, and on 15 May, 1884, was elected bishop. In 1874 he received the degree of D. D. from Wesleyan University.
Epworth League - A youth order of the Methodist Episcopal Church (Now the United Methodist Church) founded in 1889 in Cleveland, Ohio. Still active. For over half a century the Epworth League, the Methodist youth organization, was especially strong. The group was authorized in 1890 by the General Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and local churches soon began organizing their youth in Epworth leagues. The purpose of the leagues was to develop young church members in their religious life and to provide training in churchmanship. It was parallel to the Sunday school and typically met on Sunday nights. The name Epworth came from the boyhood home in England of John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement.
"February 15, 1894 - Bishop Ninde in June will depart for China in the interest of foreign Christian missions. The Bishop expects to remain away until December; but if he should stay longer he will go to India."
A local connection - Mary Ninde House on the shores of Lake Charm, Seminole County, Florida (near Winter Park). - The home bought by Mary Ninde from Dr. Henry Foster, was built in 1888. Ms. Ninde was the daughter of Bishop William X. Ninde, one of many clergymen encouraged by Dr. Foster to winter here, in the sunshine state. The home was sold in 1909 for $1,000. The pitch of the roof was lowered in 1928, and the two-story porch was replaced by the present one-story one.
As TheDimeMan likes to say, every coin & medal has a story to tell!