Edward John Aeschliman

Edward John Aeschliman



Edward J. Aeschliman was born January 1893 in Rib Lake, Wisconsin to John and Martha (Luethy) Aeschliman. He was educated at Lawrence College, Appleton, Wisconsin, Rochester Theological Seminary and Garrett Biblical Institute, and ordained in 1915.  He spent two years as the assistant pastor of the Ashbury Methodist Church in Rochester, NY.  In 1919, Rev. Aeschliman went to China as a missionary stationed at Peking and later Tienstsin.  While in China, he met and married Myrle L. Patterson in 1921.

The Aeschliman’s left China in 1950 with the advance of communist forces.  After two years furlough in the US, he transferred to the Methodist Episcopal Church’s mission at Old Umtali (Old Mutare), Southern Rhodesia, serving as Director of the Theological Seminary.

Rev. Aeschliman died January 1960 in Southern Rhodesia at the age of 66.


  • Mark Loomis