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John Howard Stanfield (1888-1971)

John Howard Stanfield was born in London, the son of the Methodist minister John C. Stanfield. He was educated at Kingswood and taught for several years in Macclesfield before candidating for the Wesleyan ministry. He trained at Didsbury and in 1912 was appointed to serve overseas.

Stanfield spent twenty-seven years in China where he taught for many years in the Methodist College at Wuchang. During his time as Chairman of the Hunan District, Stanfield witnesses the destruction of much of the mission property during the civil war of the late 1920s but was able to get the staff away safely. He returned home in 1938 and spent seven years in circuit ministry before going back to China for three years. After the Communist take-over, Stanfield returned to England and superannuated in 1959.

Source: Minutes of Conference 1971

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