Johann D. Rempel, a Mennonite Brethren minister of Russia, was born on 2 November 1874 at Hoffnungsort, Chortitza, South Russia, a son of David Rempel and Anna Thiessen. On 6 January 1898 he was married to Katharina Krahn, and in 1906 moved to Rodichnoye in the newly established Orenburg settlement. In 1910 he was chosen to the ministry of the Mennonite Brethren Church of Klubnikovo. By attending Bible courses and by private study he acquired an extensive and deep knowledge of the Scriptures. On 2 March 1929 his wife died.
In connection with the "peasant flight" to Moscow in 1929 Rempel was arrested and banished with his son Johann to Archangel, and from there to the forests of Pechora in the northern Urals. Here he spent 3.5 years. His good performance of the assigned work and also his general personality earned for him the respect of his fellow prisoners as well as of the GPU (State Political Administration) officials, a respect which gave him certain privileges easing the imprisonment. In 1933 he was released and returned home. Since he was not permitted to serve in his office of preacher and knew that further imprisonment awaited him, he went to the Ukraine, settling as a day laborer in the village of Einlage near Zaporozhe. Here he secretly served small Mennonite circles. Soon he was again arrested, but acquitted after an imprisonment of seven months. During this time his second wife died. His third wife, the widow Maria Klassen, took him into her home, but he could not rest long. During the night of 20 July 1938 he was arrested. His further experience is unknown.
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