Clara Hale Babcock




Clara Hale Babcock

The daughter of a Methodist minister, Clara Celestia Hale Babcock was ordained in 1888. The first woman ordained in the Christian Churches, she held pastorates in four churches, conducted numerous evangelistic meetings and personally baptized at least 1,500 people.

In her obituary in the Christian-Evangelist, it was remembered that “her converts and acquaintances esteemed her highly for her strong intellect, clear presentation of the scriptures and effective appeal on behalf of Christ.”