Roberto Valenzuela Elphick

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Roberto Valenzuela Elphick was a British-Chilean Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church, elected in 1936. He was born 29 August 1873 in Antofagasta, Chile. He was the son of a British nitrate producer, Donald E. Elphick, and Tomasa Valenzuela, a Chilean Roman Catholic. Roberto was converted to the Evangelical Church by reading a New Testament given him by a Methodist Sunday School teacher, Mina Fawcett. Later his father, mother, and most of his brothers were also converted.

Roberto joined the Presbyterian Church, and was ordained a minister in 1897. He transferred to the Chile Annual Conference of the M.E. Church in 1906. Prior to his election to the Episcopacy, Roberto served as a Pastor, Educator, and Evangelist. He was a delegate to the International Missionary Conference in Jerusalem, 1928. He was elected Bishop in Buenos Aires, and was consecrated to that office in Columbus, Ohio.

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  • Leete, Frederick DeLand, Methodist Bishops. Nashville, The Parthenon Press, 1948.

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