Rev. Benjamin W. Allison

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Rev. Benjamin W. Allison

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Rev. Benjamin Wilson Allison (1870-1953) served the Methodist and United Churches of Canada for over fifty years. Rev. Allison was born to parents John S. and Mary (Wilson) Allison of Hastings County, Ontario, on September 10, 1870. He received his early education at Mount Forest High School before moving west to North Dakota, and eventually Manitoba. Once in Winnipeg, Allison enrolled in the theology program at Wesley College. He graduated and was ordained at Grace Church in Winnipeg in June of 1899. During the probationary period of his service, Rev. Allison served Oak Lake, Bradwardine and Huntington. Throughout his ministerial career, Alison served primarily rural congregations, including: Pilot Mound, Prospect, Newdale, Portage, Minnedosa, Roland, Boissevain, Swan River, Manitou, Portage la Prairie, Baldur, and Ninga. He also temporarily served in the urban centres of Regina and Brandon. In 1935, Rev. Allison was honoured by his Alma Mater, Wesley College, with a Doctorate of Divinity degree. Rev. Allison was an active executive and administrative member of the Methodist and United Churches of Canada. In 1923, he served as president of the Manitoba Methodist Conference. From 1933 until 1941, Allison served as secretary of the Manitoba Conference of the United Church, and as president in 1941. He was also principal of the Brandon Residential School for one year. During his retirement, Allison continued to serve in both Mather and Lyleton. Rev. Allison married Millie Holmes Sparling of Beulah in 1903, and the couple shared four children: Wilfred, Mary, Margaret, and Elliot (who died in 1914). Allison and his wife spent their retirement years in Killarney, Manitoba. On May 15, 1953, five years after the death of his wife Millie, Rev. Allison passed away in Portage la Prairie. He is buried in Killarney cemetery.

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