Part of our history at First Presbyterian Church involves member Dr. Horace Newton Allen and his wife, Frances Ann Messenger Allen. They were both graduates of Ohio Wesleyan University, leaving Delaware in 1883 as medical missionaries in China and then Korea.
Dr. Allen founded the Presbyterian Church of Korea, became U.S. ambassador to Korea and established that country’s health care system. He also translated the Bible into Korean.
In 2007 three members of our church went to Korea at the invitation of Namdaemoon Church to celebrate the 120th anniversary of that church’s founding.
In February 2011, 21 representatives from the Namdaemoon church visited Delaware to help us celebrate our 200th anniversary. They participated in our Sunday service, cooked us a traditional Korean meal, and attended a play about Horace Allen. During the week they were here they also toured Ohio Wesleyan University and explored its collection of Horace Allen documents and artifacts, visited the Allen gravesite in Toledo, and went to the U.S. Air Force Museum in Dayton.