In 1888, the Methodist Episcopal Church created the office of Deaconess. Later, in 1902, the Methodist Episcopal Church South also created the office of Deaconess. The Chicago Training School, which merged with Garrett Biblical Institute (now Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary) in 1934, was instrumental in training deaconesses for their work serving the poor, the widowed, the orphaned, immigrants, and other marginalized people. This page contains primary and secondary texts about deaconesses and their work. These resources are available in the library and/or freely online.
Freely available online resources are indicated by an asterisk at the end.