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Andreas (Andrew) Mack, a prominent leader in the Franconia Mennonite Conference (Mennonite Church), the son of Jesse M. Mack and Susanna Stauffer, was born 16 October 1836, in the Bally district of Berks County, Pennsylvania, where he lived all his life. His family of six children included a bishop, Noah H. Mack of New Holland, Pennsylvania, and a preacher, Jesse, of Providence-Skippack. He was ordained preacher at Bally on 25 September 1863, and, by the unanimous consent of the district, was ordained bishop on 6 November 1875. He was a man of sterling character, a born leader of men, and a successful farmer. He favored missions before the Franconia Conference did, and approved the organizing of the Mennonite General Conference, even though the majority of his conference did not. He aided in the 1874 Russian immigration to Kansas, and followed the fortunes of this group with interest for his entire life. He was moderator of the Franconia Conference for many years while the German-English transition was occurring and also the transition from no missions to the organization of the Franconia Mennonite Mission Board in the year of his death. He was probably the strongest leader of his day in the Conference. He died 29 October 1917.


Wenger, J. C. History of the Mennonites of the Franconia Conference. Scottdale, Pa.: Mennonite Pub. House, 1938. Reprinted Lititz, PA?: Publication Board of the Eastern Pennsylvania Mennonite Church], 1985.

Author(s) Ira D Landis
Date Published 1957

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kitchener, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 432. All rights reserved.

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