James Hudson Taylor (1832-1905) was born in Yorkshire, England. He went to China in 1854, after studying medicine and theology, to become a missionary with the China Evangelization Society.
Robert Morrison (1782-1834) was the first Protestant missionary to China. He began studying Chinese along with theology and medicine as a student in Northumbria, England. In 1807 the London Missionary Society sent him to Canton, China.
Jonathan Goforth (1859-1936) was a Canadian Presbyterian missionary.
Gladys Aylward (1902-1970) was a London parlor maid whose application to become a missionary to China was rejected by her local mission board. Despite this rejection, she saved her money and paid her own way in 1932.