Philemon and Apphia of Colossae (Colossians)
Philemon and his wife, Apphia, lived and ministered in Colossae, located in the Lycus River Valley, and had a church gathering in their home (Philemon 1:1-2). Paul wrote a New Testament letter to Philemon
concerning the receiving back of his slave Onesimus, who had become a Christian under Paul’s
ministry in Rome. According to church tradition, Apphia took the sick and homeless into her home and cared for them. Philemon and Apphia were apparently stoned to death during the Christian persecutions under emperor Nero.