Bishop Abercius of Hierapolis (AD 167)
Following the death of Papias (#98), Abercius be- came bishop of Hierapolis and served for thirty-two years, from 135 to 167. Abercius evangelized Hierap- olis’ surrounding villages and cities and engaged in mission journeys through Cilicia, Syria, Mesopota- mia, and Rome. Abercius proclaimed Jesus Christ, healed the sick, and cast demons out of people. He was imprisoned during the reign of emperor Marcus
Aurelius (#100) and died about 167.