Tillman A. Houser

Tillman A. Houser

(1922 – 2014)

Rev. Tillman Houser received a BA degree in Biblical Studies in 1947 from Seattle Pacific University and a Masters Degree in Missiology from Fuller Theological Seminary in 1978.  Rev. Tillman and his wife, Gwen, served as missionaries to Africa for 35 years with the Free Methodist Church (FMC), arriving in Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) in 1948.  He founded and built Dumisa Mission and managed up to 30 primary schools over a 100 by 100 mile square area in a remote region of the country.  Within this area he planted churches, and had oversight of church districts.

After returning from furlough, the Houser’s traveled through-out rural Zimbabwe in the 1960’s, living in a Volkswagen van they had converted into a camper.  He later served a short time as principal and teacher at Lundi Bible School.  And based on his knowledge of the Hlengwe and Shona languages, Rev. Houser edited and published translations of the FMC standard of faith.

The Housers retired from missionary service in 1981.  Tillman later published his life story, “Let Me Tell You … A Memoir,” which describes incidents that formed his character and life service as a missionary.  He also authored “Free Methodist and Other Missions in Zimbabwe.”


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