1856–1931

Introduction

Born: May 13, 1856, Ayl­mer, On­tar­io, Ca­na­da.

Died: Feb­ru­a­ry 11, 1931, Win­ter Park, Flo­ri­da.

Buried: Clin­ton Grove Ce­me­te­ry, Clin­ton Town­ship, Mi­chi­gan.

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Biography

Joseph was the son of Fran­cis Ber­ry and Ann J. Law­son, and hus­band of Ol­ive J. John­son.

He be­gan preach­ing at age 17, joined the De­troit Con­fer­ence of the Me­thod­ist Epis­co­pal Church in 1874, and be­came pas­tor of the First Me­thod­ist Epis­co­pal Church in Mount Cle­mens, Mi­chi­gan, in 1879.

He served as as­so­ci­ate ed­it­or of the Mi­chi­gan Chris­tian Ad­vo­cate (1886–90), ed­it­or of the Ep­worth Her­ald (1890–1904), and a Me­thod­ist Epis­co­pal bi­shop (1904–28).

Berry led the drive to es­tab­lish Ep­worth Leagues (the youth fel­low­ship of the Me­thod­ist Epis­co­pal Church) across Am­er­i­ca, and his in­ter­est in Gos­pel mu­sic de­vel­oped from a de­sire to pro­vide suit­a­ble songs for Ep­worth League meet­ings.

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