Ralph Edward Dodge
(January 25, 1907 – August 8, 2008) was an American Bishop
of The Methodist Church
and the United Methodist Church
, elected in 1956. He was the youngest of four children of Ernest and Lizzie Longshore Dodge of Dickinson County, Iowa
After high school graduation
, Dodge followed his father and older brother into farming
. The family attended the Methodist Episcopal Church
in Terril, Iowa
. It was there that his Pastor
suggested God might be calling Dodge to preach
. In spite of scoffing at the idea initially, Dodge earnestly wrestled with the possibility for several years. Finally, he decided to pursue this call, trusting that if God willed it, seemingly impassible doors would open.
Dodge put himself through Taylor University
, Upland, Indiana
, by working for the university greenhouse
and farm. While at Taylor, Dodge met Eunice Davis, a coed
from Little Valley, New York
. They married in June 1934. After graduation from Taylor, Dodge went on to Boston University School of Theology
graduation, Dodge served small churches in Massachusetts
and North Dakota
, but he and his wife both felt called to foreign missions work.
In 1935 they were accepted as candidates for a missionary
opening in Angola
, then called Portuguese West......