Brunk early acquired a library of his own which he made constant use of in his intellectual development. He was saved for work in the Mennonite Church by the appeal and prayers of his mother, the counsel of his uncle R. J. Heatwole, and the tactful solicitation of John S. Coffman. He was ordained to the ministry on 1 October 1893 and to the office of bishop on 23 October 1898. He served the church at large as an evangelist and a Bible conference speaker. He served as a member of the Mennonite Board of Education for many years, and took an active interest in the Eastern Mennonite College as vice-president of its board of trustees until 1924, and as a member of its Religious Welfare Committee. His literary contributions are found in a book entitled Ready Scriptural Reasons (Scottdale, 1926) and articles in The Sword and Trumpet, a quarterly journal which he established in 1927 and edited until his death on 30 April 1938.
His leadership in the Mennonite Church included both progressive and conservative elements. He was an advocate of new methods of work, but he vigorously fought the introduction of modernism and Calvinism in Mennonite churches.
He was the father of nine children, among them Bishop Truman Brunk of Denbigh, Virginia, and George R., II, and Lawrence, sponsors of the Brunk Brothers' Revival Campaign.
|Author(s)||Harry A Brunk|
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