A graduate of Goshen College (BA), University of Pittsburgh (MA), and Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, VA. (BD and ThD), Stoltzfus served the church as a teacher in the classroom and in numerous conferences, frequently with Ruth, on the theme of strengthening family life; as a historian and the author of the well-regarded Mennonites of the Ohio and Eastern Conference (1969); as a member of several local and bi-national committees including Park View Mennonite Church and the Historical Committee (MC); as editor of the Mennonite Community Magazine (1947-1953); and as administrator of Civilian Public Service units for Mennonite Central Committee (1941-1946).
Stoltzfus pioneered in recovering the early history of the Amish in colonial Pennsylvania. His concern for religious freedom and civil liberties inspired his work for conscientious objectors and the mentally handicapped during World War II. At the time of his death he was writing a history of the origins of alternative service for conscientious objectors in the United States. He was active in the National Committee for Amish Religious Freedom and the civil rights movement in Virginia. As the inscription on his tombstone observes, he indeed "loved the truth and peace."
Grant Stoltzfus died suddenly of a heart attack on 21 July 1974.
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Warkentin, A. and Melvin Gingerich, compilers. Who's Who Among the Mennonites. North Newton, KS: Bethel College, 1943: 235.
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