Franz Martens (1869-21 January 1942), a Mennonite elder, was born in Hutterthal near Melitopol, South Russia. He was a public school teacher for 17 years and chairman of the district (volost) school board for 17 years. He was elected minister of the Nikolaifeld Mennonite Church in 1894 and elder in 1902. His attempts to reform the traditional church practice in regard to baptism, communion, and church discipline led to his resignation from the Nikolaifeld church and the founding of the [[Orloff Evangelical Mennonite Church (Orloff, Zagradovka Colony, South Russia)|Orloff Evangelical Mennonite Church]] in 1907, of which he was elder until 1924, when he left for Canada. He died in Kitchener, Ontario on 21 January 1942.
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