The following information on the Methodist church in Latvia was found in the /LKV/. According to this source, the Pastor of the parish of Evangelic brothers in Liepāja [Libau] Alfrēds Freibergs in 1921 converted all his parish (about 150 persons) to the Methodist Episcopal Church. This was the beginning of the Methodism in Latvia. The Methodists of America were interested in Latvia itself and also in it as a transit territory to Russia. The superintendent for the Baltic countries and Russia was Dr. George Simon 1921-1928. In 1923 the Seminary in Riga was established to teach new pastors and in 1922 the monthly Kristīgs Aizstāvis was begun to be printed. The Census of 1935 registered 160 men and 293 women as Methodists, however the Church itself counted on about 3000 souls that should be served in its 15 parishes by 14 ordained pastors and a few preachers. The main person in Latvia since 1931 was the superintendent Fricis Timbers. The Sunday schools and the youth circles similar to the American Epworth League were active.
To my knowledge the Methodist church did not exist in Latvia during Soviet times but now has renewed its activities here in Latvia.
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