Hephzibah began in 1893 in New York City initially as a Bible Training School for young women. Later it also incorporated a peaceful place for weary Missionaries and Pastors to take rest, or to be accommodated while attending meetings and trainings here in the city. We have a rich history offering English lessons, Bible training, hospitality and friendship!
Mrs. Virginia field
Mrs. Virginia Cortland dePeyster Field was one of Hephzibah’s first Trustees and also the first Director of the ministry. She was a young and beautiful New York socialite who was destined to have great influence on the ministry of the House and the city. It was she who in 1893, just six days before Christmas, organized and chaired a service of dedication in the first Hephzibah House, a four-story brownstone residence on West 56th Street. The main speaker of the service was Dr. A.B. Simpson, with Dr. George Alexander leading in prayer, after which a large number of guests were invited to view the newly furnished building. Two weeks later, on January 2, 1894, the Training School opened with lectures on the Bible, and courses teaching English as a second language, both in mornings, and nursing, sewing, and practical work in the afternoons. Students in residence were charged $4.00 per week for tuition, board and room.
In 1895, Hephzibah House moved to larger quarters at 263 W. 25th Street, where it remained until its final relocation in 1926 to the present brownstone residence at 51 W. 75th Street. By 1897, the name had expanded into “Hephzibah House Bible Training School and Home of Rest” and this remains the official title to this day, although for simplicity’s sake, it is known as Hephzibah House.
For over a century it has been a place of prayer, outreach, and rest. It continues to serve as a guest house for those serving in ministry to be able to visit New York City for meetings, vacation or rest to stay in Manhattan at affordable rates.
Many young ladies were trained
Many missionaries were trained at the school and went on to serve all around the world. The full impact of those who "went" will only be known in heaven.