Having graduated from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, John sought for ministry opportunities within the Mennonite church. Failing to find such due to his impending blindness, he found three small Christian Union congregations near Lima, Ohio, willing to take the risk. Nevertheless, he sought ordination within the Mennonite church, first as a minister of the gospel in 1927 and then as an elder in 1935. He became the first pastor of First Mennonite Church of Lima, Ohio. Beginning in 1940 he traveled as an independent evangelist, holding services in Mennonite congregations across North America. During this time the family lived in Bluffton, Ohio. In 1948 he became the half time pastor of United Mennonite Church of Omaha, Nebraska, an unaffiliated congregation related to Grace Bible Institute for whom he also worked the other half time as a traveling evangelist. He served several other congregations as an interim pastor, but most of the years of his ministry were as an itinerant evangelist, traveling throughout the United States and Canada. As a blind person he normally traveled by train and usually alone. During his final years of active ministry (1956-1965), he traveled under the Board of Missions of the General Conference Mennonite Church.
|Author(s)||John A Esau|
|Date Published||June 2011|
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Esau, John A. "Esau, John J. (1900-1979)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. June 2011. Web. 30 Oct 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Esau,_John_J._(1900-1979)&oldid=113346.
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