Noah Oyer (1891-1931), an able educator in the Mennonite Church
(MC), was born 11 April 1891, at Metamora, Illinois
, the son of John P. and Mary Smith Oyer. He secured his high school and college training at Hesston
(A.B., 1919), his seminary training at Princeton (Th.B., 1922), and almost completed an M.A. at Franklin and Marshall College (1922), was ordained preacher 30 September 1923. He served as head of the Bible department at Hesston 1922-24, dean 1923-24, and pastor of the Hesston College
congregation. In 1924 he was called as head of the Bible department and dean of Goshen College
, serving as the academic leader and pastor of the College church in a crucial period of reconstruction. He played a vital role in the general leadership of the Mennonite Church (MC), as a member of the Mennonite Board of Education
for nine years, and as chairman of the General Sunday School Committee for seven years, this committee being a General Conference standing committee. He was married 9 August 1916, to Siddie King. Two of his children, John Oyer and Mary Oyer, were professors at Goshen College.
In Memoriam Dean Noah Oyer 1891-1931. Goshen, 1931.
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