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James Webster (1881-1967)

James Webster was born in Nottingham. He trained for the Wesleyan ministry at Richmond and served as a missionary in China from 1904 to 1923 with the exception of one year spent in the Rochester Circuit. After ten years in the home ministry he returned to China in 1933 as Principal of Central Union Theological Seminary in Wuchang. Webster remained in China during the war with Japan and was finally flown out by the Royal Air Force in 1944. He superannuated a year later.

Webster was a noted Chinese scholar whose best-known work was his translation of the Methodist Book of Offices for use by the Chinese Church.

Source: Minutes of Conference 1967

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