Johannes Warns (1874-1937), founder of the Wiedenest Baptist Bible School, was the son of a clergy man in East Friesland, Germany, studied Protestant theology in the universities of Greifswald, Halle, Berlin, and Bonn, but did not accept a pastorate, preferring to serve the Lord in his own way. He joined the Baptists and in 1905 founded in Berlin the Bible School for home and foreign missions, which was transferred to Wiedenest, Rhineland, in 1919. Warns made twenty-five extended journeys, visiting many countries. He was especially closely attached to English circles. But the Mennonites of Russia also received his warm interest. Many refugees found shelter for a longer or shorter time with him. Warns wrote the book, Die Taufe. Gedanken über die urchristliche Taufe, ihre Geschichte und ihre Bedeutung für die Gegenwart (Bad Homburg, 1913; second ed. Cassel, 1922). In 1920 he wrote the book, Russland und das Evangelium; in 1919, Staatskirche? Volkskirche? Freikirche? in 1909 he published the missionary magazine Offene Türen; in 1920 Mitteilungen der Bibelschule; in 1926, the evangelization paper Der Wegweiser. He died at Wiedenest, 27 January 1937. He is the author of the article "Kindertaufe" in the Mennonitisches Lexicon II, 487-94, and also the article Warendorf in this encyclopedia.
Warns, Johannes. Dein Reich Komme. 1937: 62-64.
Warns, Johannes. Nach dem Gesetz und Zeugnis. 1935: 70.
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