Johann Warkentin: minister of the Mennonite Brethren Church; son of Jacob Warkentin (11 November 1836, Tiege, Molotschna, South Russia – 25 September 1899) and Helena (Dyck) Warkentin (13 September 1837 – 13 March 1914), was born at Nieder-Chortitza, South Russia, on 17 September 1859 (N.S. date = 29 September). On 23 October 1881, Warkentin married Sarah Loewen (19 August 1860, Neuenburg, Chortitza, South Russia – 27 June 1930, Winkler, Manitoba, Canada) on 23 October 1881. She was the daughter of Isaac Loewen (1827–1898) and Susanna (Krahn) Loewen (1833–1885). Johanna and Sarah had ten children: Susanna (married to Heinrich S. Voth), Jacob, Isaak, Helena, Johann, Bernhard, Sarah, Peter, Cornelius, and Katarina. After the death of his first wife he married Mrs. Elisabeth (Hooge) Dyck (4 July 1872, Kronsthal, Chortitza, South Russia – 6 April 1966, Winkler, Manitoba, Canada) in Winkler, Manitoba on 7 April 1933, widow of Isaac Dyck (1856-1932) and daughter of Johann Hooge (1841-1924) and Maria (Peters) Hooge (1845-1926). Johann died at his home at Winkler on 18 May 1948, and was buried in the local Mennonite Brethren cemetery.
In 1879 the Warkentin family immigrated to Canada, settling on a farm southwest of Winkler, Manitoba. Through private study he gained a fair education and for eight years he taught school in the new Mennonite settlements.
In 1890 Johann was converted. He and Sarah were baptized on 14 September 1890 and joined the Winkler Mennonite Brethren (MB) Church. He soon became an active Sunday-school worker and director in singing. The Winkler MB Church elected him to the ministry and ordained him in 1895. In 1906 he was entrusted with the pastoral leadership of the church, a work he fulfilled until 1930. In addition he also frequently ministered in surrounding churches. Warkentin was active in the Mennonite Brethren Conference, serving for some time on the Board of Foreign Missions. His daughter Helen became a missionary to India.
GRANDMA = GRANDMA (The Genealogical Registry and Database of Mennonite Ancestry) Database, 5.00 ed. Fresno, CA: California Mennonite Historical Society, 2006: #208115.
|Author(s)||John H. Lohrenz|
|Richard D. Thiessen|
|Date Published||June 2007|
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