Due to Funk's deep historical interest the Mennonite Publishing Company and its predecessor, John F. Funk and Brother, published two notable large historical works, Menno Simons' Complete Works (English 1871, German 1876), and the Martyrs Mirror (German 1870, English 1886). Funk became the major publisher for the Mennonite Church (MC), publishing its hymnals, catechisms, confessions, yearbooks, Sunday-school literature, etc. Through his press as well as his personality Funk wielded immeasurable influence upon the cause and molded the course of its history in the second half of the 19th century, working for unity and progress. It was a tragedy that in his later years he lost much of the confidence of the church he once had, so that from about 1900 on his publishing work decreased in size and influence.
During the years 1880-1900, the Mennonite Publishing Company became the center of a group of younger progressive men, who found in its activities almost the only available outlet for their desire to serve in the church and who made significant contributions to the new day in the church. Among these were A. B. Kolb, A. C. Kolb, F. W. Brunk, John S. Coffman, G. L. Bender, and John Horsch.
|Author(s)||Harold S Bender|
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Bender, Harold S. "Mennonite Publishing Company (Elkhart, Indiana, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1957. Web. 30 May 2015. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Mennonite_Publishing_Company_(Elkhart,_Indiana,_USA)&oldid=92755.
Bender, Harold S. (1957). Mennonite Publishing Company (Elkhart, Indiana, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 30 May 2015, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Mennonite_Publishing_Company_(Elkhart,_Indiana,_USA)&oldid=92755.
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