Brief History of
Pilgrim Holiness Missions

At Conference time in 1970, Beverly Fay and Eileen Comfort met with the Conference Council and shared their burden for the American Natives in Canada. The Council agreed to help underwrite their missionary effort with the Society of Indian Missions giving the oversight and direction.

Bev and Eileen began at 390 Elgin Aye, Winnipeg, Manitoba, in a large 3 story house. There they took in ladles as tenants to help finance their efforts while ministering the Word of God through Bible studies and children's services. Eventually the Indian Metis Christian School was started with Bev as Principal and Eileen as Supervisor. The work continued to grow and a church was purchased Rev. & Mrs. Lloyd Wokenfield & family pastored the flock for awhile. Then a native pastored the group for a short period Bev moved on to pioneer a new work in Blind River with Ruth Smith in the late 80's. Eileen stayed on at Winnipeg and served as office manager, treasurer, and school supervisor until her parents' health failed. S.I.M. purchased another house across the street at 386 Elgin Ave., and The Mark Becker Family headed up the Canadian efforts of S.I.M. among the American Natives. Rev. Jerry Slaughter and family pastored the church and worked in the school.

In 1994 the church was burned. After much prayer and several attempts to buy a suitable property, the purchase of a former Legion Hall was finalized in early 1996 and was put In use in the spring as offices, school sanctuary and mullet-purpose area. This was made possible through the insurance settlement and gifts and donations besides the sacrificial efforts of the local congregation Bro. Slaughter worked towards making the church an indigenous church.

The Slaughters moved from Winnipeg in the summer of 1997. Rev. Dale Sherman was appointed by S.I.M. to supervise the work of S.I.M. Canada. This allowed the Beckers to concentrate on the work of the school and church in Winnipeg. Bro. Sherman, along with his family, also are in charge of the work in Fairford besides visiting numerous Reservations and supervising S.I.M. mission efforts.

Ron and Janice Carriere carried on a street ministry each Sunday morning. Wanda Wells and Charity Hostetter have also worked in Winnipeg in various positions in the school and church ministries.


In 1972, the Conference Council met several times with Rev. and Mrs. Howard Beveridge who had spent a term under Flying Missions in Brazil. The Beveridges had a burden for Brazil and agreed to pioneer a work for the Pilgrim Holiness Church of NY, Inc., in Manaus, Amazonas Brazil. They were sent by the Conference and "a new day dawned" for Conference Missionary Efforts. A Conference Missionary Secretary was elected and now the PHC of NY had their very own Mission Field. The "Igreja dos Peregrlnos (Church of the Pilgrims) was founded October 19,1972.

The work in Manaus was begun in a house on 14th. Street in the Alvaroda bayou of Manaus. It was called "A House of Prayer". Then the property on 5th Ave. was purchased and the Beveridges built a parsonage, wall, garage, etc. Later the Fey Memorial Church was erected less than 2 blocks from the compound. It was dedicated March 10,1979. It is a 2 story building with the sanctuary upstairs and a day school and Sunday School rooms downstairs. The day school of about 150 students is directed by Auxiliadora Xavier and 3 other teacher/helpers.

The Beveridges' oldest daughter, Rebecca, died in April 1976. November 22,1960, the mission home where the Beveridges were living was destroyed by fire.

The next area opened was about 45 minutes through the city in the bayou of Coroada. Under the direction of Manuel and Margaret Ortigosa property was purchased and a frame church and parsonage erected. The Ortigosas pastored this work until May 1976, and then Antonio de Lima and family assumed the pastoral duties until 1995. In about 1991, the frame church had so that a new concrete structure was built to replace it.

In about 1977 the Lynn Haynes family went to Brazil as our missionaries. They continued to labor faithfully there for 13 years. About this time an adjourning property to the parsonage was purchased which had a nice 2 story house on ft. This house is now the home for our missionaries and the former parsonage became a guesthouse for several years as well as serving as classroom for training sessions. Under the Haynes leadership a new work was begun in the interior. A church, parsonage, and a caretaker's house were built. Farina and other crops were planted. Living conditions were very primitive and travel to this work from the city was often impossible. A native by the name of Raimunda pastored this work which came to be known as the Sickler Memorial. In about 1900 the property consisting of 65 acres and the buildings was sold and the money placed in the Sickler Memorial Fund. The Haynes family returned to the States on June 10,1991.

On September 1, 1991, the Rod Wells family went to take up labors as missionaries there in Brazil. Under their leadership the former guesthouse was remodeled Into a Training Center. Also, a new work was begun in a bayou called Nova Floresta. The property which was purchased March 30, 1994 had a store building on it which was used as the church. In March 1997, it was remodeled into a church with classrooms. With the help of a Work Team from the Conference and the funds from the Sickler Memorial Fund, a new parsonage has been built behind the church. This work is progressing well. Edilson and Rosa de Carma are the pastors there.

All 3 of the churches are now pastored by nationals. Lay Pastor Antonio Batista leads the Fey Memorial (Alvaroda) Church with a promising young man by the name of Itamar as his Sunday School Superintendent and assistant. Pastor Franscisco and his wife, Franscisca, pastor the Coroado Church. A new brick (block) parsonage now replaces the original frame bulling which deteriorated and was torn down.

The Wells have been in the States for medical reasons since June 1990. They hope to return to the field In August 2001.

The Wells resigned as the Brazil Missionaries in 2008.

Rev. and Mrs. Stephen Mills are preparing for becoming the new resident missionaries for this work. Anticipated time of their arrival in Manus is late summer/early fall of 2010.

In 1979 Rev. Lee Carroll and the Board of Mountain Faith Missions of Haiti offered their work in Haiti to the Pilgrim Holiness Church of NY, Inc. At the 1960 Conference this responsibility was accepted along with the properties, vehicle, etc. Rev. and Mrs. Robert Vermylea were our missionaries and also supervised the work of FEA in Grand Riveria. The Saxtons went to Haiti In 1963 and a year later the Dan Irvine family joined them. The Saxtons lived in Saut d'Eau and the Irvines lived on the Mireabalais compound. Bro. Irvine supervised the schools and the Mireabalais district while Bro. Saxton was Field Superintendent and headed up the training of the pastors, the government and foreign aide projects, and the general oversight.
Haiti has been the site of political upheaval for many years. This resulted in our not having a resident missionary on the field for about 6 years. In January 1995 the Saxtons returned to Haiti. In the interim period of their absence, the work was very capably led by National Director, Pastor Jean Robert Louis and National Committee Secretary, Pastor Constant DuVoicois. A spirit of revival prevails among our churches. A camp meeting during late July and early August each year has grown to an attendance of a total of

During the Saxtons' last year on the field, 2 new churches were built The Evelyn M. Whitney Memorial Church at Domond Is our nicest church structure. We have the Gatone Memorial Church in Crocchi, the Richmond Memorial Church and some other churches that have been constructed through the donations of Grover Bennett, Nevada, Peebles PHO, and others. We have about 15 churches, 11 schools, several hundred members, about 1000 school students, several national pastors, national teachers, and laborers. We are in need of a resident missionary family there. Would you please pray for the Lord to supply the need?

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