Wilhelm Bartel, born at Gnadenfeld in Russia, was a zealous follower of the evangelist E. Wüst, through whom he had been converted. Bartel took a leading part in the founding of the Mennonite Brethren in Russia. He was a signatory of the declaration of the Brethren at Orlov, 19 March 1860, and took part in its presentation to the Fürsorgekomitee (Guardians' Committee) on 27 December 1860, in which the new church group asserted its Mennonite character and position. For a while he was a Bible colporteur and evangelist in behalf of the Mennonite adherents of Wüst, then he united with the emotional branch, which was founded by the teacher Kappes. As late as 1861 he defended the rapidly growing "happiness" in his letters. But when the most regrettable moral aberrations occurred, into which the movement degenerated in some cases, he detached himself altogether from the movement. He had no more influence on the further development of the Mennonite Brethren. In the 1880s he died in the Plan settlement in solitude.
Friesen, Peter M. The Mennonite Brotherhood in Russia (1789-1910), trans. J. B. Toews and others. Fresno, CA: Board of Christian Literature [M.B.], 1978, rev. ed. 1980
Friesen, Peter M. Die Alt-Evangelische Mennonitische Brüderschaft in Russland (1789-1910) im Rahmen der mennonitischen Gesamtgeschichte. Halbstadt: Verlagsgesellschaft "Raduga", 1911.
Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. I, 128.
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