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Cornelius Wall, born 25 September 1893, died 17 November 1985,  knew early in adulthood that his heart was in studying and teaching the Bible. From this clear vision grew a life which nurtured the development of Bible schools from Russia to the United States, Canada and Switzerland.

Wall taught at Zoar Academy, Inman, Kansas; Hesston College, Kansas; and at Bible schools in Henderson, Nebraska and Mountain Lake, Minnesota, before accepting a Mennonite Central Committee assignment to Gronau, Germany, in 1948. In Gronau he led Bible conferences and youth retreats for Mennonite refugees fleeing from the Soviet army after World War II. Through this refugee work Wall and his wife Agnes did much to awaken interest for a European Bible school. Wall later helped organize the European Mennonite Bible School at Bienenberg near Basel, Switzerland.


Wall, Cornelius and Agnes Wall. As We Remember. Hillsboro, KS: Mennonite Brethren Publishing House, 1979.

Wiebe, Christine. "Cornelius Wall." The Mennonite Central Committee Story, vol. 4: Biographies: Something Meaningful for God. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1981: 194-214.

Obituary in Christian Leader (10 December 1985).

Author(s) Christine R Wiebe
Date Published 1989

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