Charlotte White As Baptists in New England, we can claim as our own, Charlotte White (1782-1863), the first unmarried woman sent out from the United States to the global mission field. As such, she was appointed by the Baptist Board of Foreign Missions making her the first official female missionary (while others, like Ann Judson and Harriet Newell, went along with their appointed missionary husbands). The Baptist Church of Haverhill, MA Charlotte was a member of The Baptist Church in Haverhill, today known as First Baptist Church of Haverhill, the church I am privileged to pastor. She was converted under the ministry of our church’s second pastor, Rev. William Batchelder. Upon her conversion, Charlotte proclaimed: "I was led to search the Scriptures in order to find assurance that Jesus Christ is the son of God; in doing which, I was blessed with a desire to be converted from darkness to light; the Holy Spirit rousing me to repent, and enabling me to confess Christ as
The lamp-posts are poetical...the lamp-post really has the whole poetry of man, for no other creature can lift a flame so high and guard it so well. --G K Chesterton, London Times July 24, 1909.