In 1867 the General Conference Mennonite Church extended a call to van der Smissen to become the teacher of theological subjects at the Wadsworth School in Ohio. The family moved to Wadsworth in 1868. For ten years he taught at this school. Many leaders and ministers of the General Conference received their training under him, the first American teacher and minister with a formal theological training. After the close of the school, van der Smissen became the minister of the Salem Mennonite Church at Haysville, Ohio, in 1879. He served for many years as secretary of the Board of Missions (1872-90) and edited the mission paper, Nachrichten aus der Heidentvelt (1877-81). He remained active in his pastoral work almost to the close of his life, which occurred on 29 May 1890. His sermons have been preserved in the van der Smissen Collection (Mennonite Library and Archives [North Newton, Kansas]).
Krehbiel, H. P. The History of the General Conference . . . 1898: 436-40.
Smissen C. H. A. van der and S. F. Sprunger. "Lebensbeschreibung von Carl Justus van der Smissen." Christlicher Bundesbote (12 June 1890): 4.
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