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Johann Kargel (ca. 1846-1933), a leader of the Russian Baptists and later of the Evangelical Christians, was the son of a German father and an Armenian mother (birthplace unknown), came to Russia from Bulgaria, which was then under Turkish rule, and thus had Turkish citizenship. He worked at first among the Baptists in the Ukraine, later in St. Petersburg among the Evangelical Christians. He was for a time a friend and co-worker with Johann Wieler of the Mennonite Brethren, and with him served as chairman of the first Ukrainian Baptist Conference at Novo-Vassilevka in the Molotschna, 30 April–1 May 1884. For many years he was the interpreter for F. W. Baedeker on his Russian evangelistic tours.


Gutsche, W. Westliche Quellen des russischen Stundismus. Kassel, Germany, 1956: 66 f.

Author(s) Harold S Bender
Date Published 1959

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Bender, Harold S. "Kargel, Johann (ca. 1846-1933)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 1 Mar 2015.,_Johann_(ca._1846-1933)&oldid=82728.

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Bender, Harold S. (1959). Kargel, Johann (ca. 1846-1933). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 1 March 2015, from,_Johann_(ca._1846-1933)&oldid=82728.

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