Diffendorfer, Ralph E(ugene) 1879-1951

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DIFFENDORFER, Ralph E(ugene) 1879-1951


Born August 15, 1879, in Hayesville, OH; died January 31, 1951, in Madison, NJ; son of Frank and Addie L. (Arnold) Diffendorfer; married Edna Saylor, 1903. Education: Ohio Wesleyan University, B.A., 1902; Drew University, B.D., 1907; Union Theological Seminary, further graduate study.


Missionary Educational Movement of the United States and Canada, secretary, 1904-16; Methodist Church, began as education secretary for Board of Missions and Home Extension, 1904, assistant secretary for Centenary Commission, corresponding secretary for Board of Missions, 1924-39, executive secretary of Board of Foreign Missions, 1939-51. Interchurch World Movement, affiliate, 1919-20; Federal Council of Churches, affiliate.


(With Charles Herbert Morgan) Junior Studies in the Life of Christ: A Year's Course of Thirty-five Lessons, for the Use of Junior Students and Classes, Jennings & Pye (Cincinnati, OH), 1903.

(Editor) Child Life in Mission Lands, Jennings & Graham (Cincinnati, OH), 1904.

(Compiler) Thy Kingdom Come: A Book of Social Prayers for Public and Private Worship, Missionary Education Movement of the United States and Canada, 1914.

Missionary Education in Home and School, Abingdon Press (New York, NY), 1917.

The Church and the Community, Council of Women for Home Missions and Interchurch World Movement of North America (New York, NY), 1920.

(Editor, with Paul Hutchinson and William F. McDermott) The World Service of the Methodist Episcopal Church, Committee on Conservation and Advance, Council of Boards of Benevolence, Methodist Episcopal Church (Chicago, IL), 1923.

A Voyage of Discovery, [New York, NY], 1934.

China and Japan?, Methodist Book Concern (New York, NY), 1938.

(With James Chamberlain) Church and Mission in Japan in January, 1941, Board of Missions and Church Extension, Methodist Church (New York, NY), 1941.

(Editor) Christian Literature in the Mission World: Progress Report, International Missionary Council (New York, NY), 1946.



Religious Leaders of America, 2nd edition, Gale (Detroit, MI), 1999.*

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