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Thomas Woolsey was born into a religious family-both his mother and father were devout and his uncle, Reverend William Woolsey was an important figure in the Methodist church. It was not until he was 17, however, that Thomas Woolsey became an active member of the church. Within a year he had taken his first steps toward becoming a local preacher.

He subsequently moved to London and, while apprenticing to become a printer,  was accepted as a member in the City Road Circuit, the head church of Methodism, where he served as a preacher and class leader for the next 10 years. He was not content to stay in London preaching to the converted, however, and soon made plans to become a missionary.

Steinhauer PictureOrdained at the same time as Ojibway missionary Henry Bird Steinhauer, the two young priests travelled to Western Canada to become the second Methodist missionary team in the Saskatchewan District.




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