Maurice Eugene Persons

Maurice Eugene Persons



Rev. Maurice Eugene Persons was born January 14, 1912 in Ruebens, Idaho.  He grew up in Spokane, Washington and attended the Chicago Evangelistic Institute (now Vernard College).

In 1936, he travel to Africa to serve as Secretary to Bishop John Springer based at Old Umtali, Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe).  Springer had just been elected bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church’s activities in Africa.  For the next two years, Mr. Persons traveled extensively through out Africa with Bishop Springer, often corresponding with his mother back in Spokane.

He married Frances Lois Jessop in 1941.   After graduating from Willamette University, Oregon, Maurice and Lois returned to Africa as missionaries serving with the United Methodists Church.

Mr. Persons served in a number of capacities between 1947 and 1968, including as Principal of a United Methodist High School in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo, legal representative of the Methodist church to the Belgian and Congolese government and inspector for the church schools in the Katanga Provence, Congo and President of the College of West Africa in Monrovia, Liberia.  He then served with the Methodist General Board of Global Ministries in New York, returning to the Congo in 1977 until his retirement in 1980.

Mr. Persons died 2004 in Phoenix, Arizona.


  • Obituary, The Arizona Republic, July 23, 2004.
  • Mark Loomis
  • James Gavin