He was converted under the preaching of John S. Coffman and united with the Mennonite Church on 18 May 1892. L. J. Burkholder was ordained to the ministry of the Mennonite Church (MC) on 12 January 1896 for the Cedar Grove congregation, and he gave 53 years of uninterrupted service. He was an active leader in the Ontario Mennonite Conference (MC) serving as conference moderator from 1914-1922; as superintendent of the rural mission board, 1920-1926; assistant moderator of the Mennonite Church General Conference, 1929-1931; one of the first officers of the Nonresistant Relief Organization of Ontario in 1917; and one of the first teachers in the Ontario Mennonite Bible School in 1907. He served as acting bishop on the Markham district during a number of years, though he was never ordained to this office. He was the historian of the Ontario Mennonite Conference beginning in 1928 (the first person so named), and the author of A Brief History of the Mennonites in Ontario (Toronto, 1935), a substantial and valuable historical volume. Because of a slight stroke and failing eyesight (ending in blindness), Burkholder was inactive after 1939. L. J. Burkholder died 28 September 1949 on the farm where he was born and lived all his life.
Burkholder, Oscar. "Lewis Josephus Burkholder, 1875-1949." Mennonite Yearbook and Directory 41 (1950): 25-26.
Gospel Herald 42 (8 November 1949): 1109-1110.
|Author(s)||Harold S. Bender|
|Date Published||October 2008|
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Bender, Harold S. and Sam Steiner. "Burkholder, Lewis Josephus (1875-1949)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. October 2008. Web. 8 Mar 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Burkholder,_Lewis_Josephus_(1875-1949)&oldid=91294.
Bender, Harold S. and Sam Steiner. (October 2008). Burkholder, Lewis Josephus (1875-1949). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 8 March 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Burkholder,_Lewis_Josephus_(1875-1949)&oldid=91294.
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