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Rice LakeBorn in Kingston, England in 1801, as a young man James Evans immigrated with his parents to Lower Canada. He married Mary Blithe Smith in 1822 and shortly thereafter the couple moved to Augusta Township. There, the couple renewed their faith at a Methodist camp meeting and dedicated their lives to God (apparently, as a young boy, James had been exposed to the Methodist faith, both through an apprenticeship with a devout Methodist grocer and from hearing the famous evangelist Gideon Ouseley).

James began teaching in 1828 at the Rice Lake school and translating scripture and hymns for local use. In 1830 he was accepted on probation as a Methodist minister and began to serve on the Methodist circuit at Credit, Ancaster and St. Catherines. By 1833 he was fully ordained as a Methodist minister and embarked upon his missionary career in earnest.




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