Tag Archives: Bishop Ephraim S. Alphonse

And Upon this Rock…

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“…and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:18b)

So begins the brief history offered by the proud members of the Wesley Methodist Church in downtown Panama City, Panama. Continue reading

A Visit To Panama After Fifty Years

Reverend Peter Perowne.

The following descriptive account was written by Reverend Peter Perowne, the first minister assigned to the Rio Abajo Methodist Church, who has graciously given us permission to publish here this account. We are delighted that we are able to provide for our readers this historical, as well as cultural and spiritual view of the Silver People of Panama and for their descendants and our  friends all over the world. As Reverend Perowne informed, the original of this narrative was published in the publication The Methodist Recorder last week’s issue, for those of you who are subscribers to that publication. Continue reading

Rio Abajo’s Methodist Church of Panama Celebrates its 50th Anniversary

This September will mark the 50th year anniversary of the Rio Abajo Methodist Church with a unique history linked to Panama’s West Indian community. Continue reading

Bishop Ephraim S. Alphonse- A Giant of Love

Poster Image on the occasion of the 250th anniversary of the Methodist Witness in the Caribbean and the Americas.

Bishop Ephraim S. Alphonse in his later years.

We cannot leave the history of the Methodist Church movement in Panama without including the account of Bishop Ephraim S. Alphonse whose story has not been given its due importance. Bishop Alphonse is a true icon of the Silver People of Panama as his tireless work and unbounded love have left its imprint for all eternity for all people who profess to spread the spirit and word of Christ Jesus. Continue reading

A Brief History of the Methodist Church in Panama

Methodist Church; probably the oldest church in the Republic; deed to the land on which it sits dates back to 1897. Pastor is Rev. Mario Nicholas; Jose Frances is Deacon; made Patrimonio Histórico fifteen years ago (1995).

In light of the upcoming 50th Anniversary Celebrations of The Methodist Church of Rio Abajo, we’ve taken the time to focus on yet another major church group founded by the West Indians in Panama.

The Methodist Churchof the Caribbean and the Americas has long considered the British Church as their mother church. It was the enigmatic figure of Mother Abel, an immigrant from the Antilles, who came to Panama via the United States of America, who first introduced Methodism to the inhabitants of the Island of Bastimentos in the province of Bocas del Toro and then in other parts of the country. Continue reading