Pastel drawing of Nellie Churchford.
Nellie Churchford was born on 10-4-1874 in the Netherlands to Gerrit Churchford and Lavina Dieleman. While still very young, the Churchford family moved to west Michigan. Nellie and her parents appear in the Grand Rapids city directories from 1894, 1895 and 1896. Nellie's occupation is listed as "laundress". By 1900, Nellie was living in Holland, MI where she began the Holland Rescue Mission ca. 1902. On Saturday evenings she would set up a tent meeting on 8th Street and preach the gospel. Nellie passed away on 12-6-1931 and was buried in Holland's Pilgrim Home Cemetery.
Gift ofHolland Rescue Mission