Garber, Henry F. (1888-1968)

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Henry Garber was born 15 September 1888 in Lancaster County, PA to Simon and Fannie Eby Garber. He graduated from Maytown High School and Millersville Normal School (1907). He was baptized at the Bossler Mennonite Church in 1907 and taught school for four years. After traveling through western United States he married Ada Nissley in 1913 and took up farming (he was recognized as a Pennsylvania "master farmer" in 1928). In 1932 he was ordained as minister at Mount Joy Mennonite Church, PA, where he served for 36 years. Beginning in 1921 ha served for 47 years as member of Eastern Mennonite Board of Missions and Charities (EMBMC). He served in various offices of EMBMC for short terms: as assistant treasurer (1927); treasurer and field worker (1932); and fifth member of the executive committee (1933). In 1934 he was elected president of EMBMC and served in this capacity for 22 years. In 1937 he became a member of Mennonite Central Committee executive board. In 1938 he visited the mission work in Tanganyika (Tanzania) begun by EMBMC in 1933. As a result of his trip to Central America in 1948 to investigate mission possibilities, work was begun in Honduras. After 1956 he served 12 years as an honorary member of the executive committee of EMBMC. His three children Catherine, Lois, and Robert served overseas as missionaries under EMBMC. Henry died 23 December 1968 and was buried at Kraybill Mennonite cemetery.


"Garber, Henry F." Gospel Herald 62 (21 January 1969). Reproduced in MennObits. "Gospel Herald Obituary - January 1969." Accessed 24 January 2006. <>

Author(s) H. Raymond Charles
Reynold Sawatzky
Date Published 1987

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Charles, H. Raymond and Reynold Sawatzky. "Garber, Henry F. (1888-1968)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1987. Web. 18 Nov 2017.,_Henry_F._(1888-1968)&oldid=87661.

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Charles, H. Raymond and Reynold Sawatzky. (1987). Garber, Henry F. (1888-1968). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 18 November 2017, from,_Henry_F._(1888-1968)&oldid=87661.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 5, p. 324. All rights reserved.

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