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Henry J. Krehbiel, a leading minister of the General Conference Mennonite Church, was born at Franklin, Iowa, 8 September 1865, the son of Jacob and Katherine Ruth Krehbiel. His father served many years as pastor of the Summerfield, Illinois, Mennonite Church. Henry was baptized in 1880. His education included attendance at McKendry College at Lebanon, Illinois, and graduation from the Evangelical Theological Seminary (now Eden Theological Seminary) at St. Louis, Missouri. He served two pastorates: Trenton, Ohio, 1892-1907, and Reedley, California, 1908-1938. He served as president of the conference 1920-1926, on the Board of Publication for 42 years, part of the time as president, and as the only American delegate to the first Mennonite World Conference in 1925 at Basel, Switzerland. A Trip Through Europe, A Plea for the Abolition of War, and A Report of the 400th Anniversary of the Denomination (Newton, 1926) was the fruit of the European trip. He was active in the founding and promotion of Bluffton College and received the honorary D.D. from it in 1930. He was married to Lydia Ruth in 1893; they had four sons and one daughter. He died on 5 October 1940, and is buried at Reedley.


Author(s) Walter Henry Krehbiel
Date Published 1957


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