Timeline of Faith

1800s – 1920

The Birth of a Mission

Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities
Inspired by the pioneering work of “city missions” around the world and growing social pressures at home, faith leaders in the young city of St. Paul create a refuge for those who are poor, suffering, and without hope.

1800s: Start of the City Mission Movement.

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He anointed me to preach the Gospel to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed.

Luke 4:18 (NASB)

1870-1900: Economic calamity and an immigration boom.

1900: Social services rise to meet the challenge.

City life stands, on the whole, for mental, moral and physical deterioration.

Twin Cities businessman

1902: Union Gospel Mission is founded.

1902: An enduring resolution.

1902: Reverend E.R. MacKinney, first superintendent.

1902: A haven for “Soup, Soap and Salvation.”

1902: The central role of women.

1904: The Gospel Wagon.

Located on a corner where we can gather a crowd, the singing, testimonials and some short, sharp addresses by the converts have been blessed by God.

from an early Mission report

1905: Union Gospel Mission's Second Annual Report.

1909: Peter MacFarlane, Mission Man.

I came to the Mission half-starved spiritually.... I’m not starved anymore, for I have learned to feast on the good things of the kingdom.

Peter MacFarlane

1910: The Mission’s Seventh Annual Report.

1910: A home for seven decades.

The greatest and most rewarding charity work that I did was with the Union Gospel Mission.

Dr. Harvey Ogden Skinner, the clinic’s founding doctor

1910: A new medical clinic for St. Paul.

1916: The Mission receives influential support.

1917: U.S. Enters World War One.

1919: The West Side Mission is established.

1920: Help for unwed mothers.

1920: A new Sunday School.

1920s: A youth problem, a Mission solution.

1921 – 1940

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1941 – 1962

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1964 – 1980

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1981 – 2000

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2001 – 2019

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