Noah Weber was chosen, by lot, and ordained as minister of the West Zion Church in 1911, following the death of Bishop Israel R. Shantz. He led the congregation during the economically prosperous but emotionally difficult years of World War I, and during the challenging post-war years when drought and depressed farm commodity prices resulted in farm protest movements. These wartime and post-war developments, in turn, resulted in greater emphasis on Mennonite non-conformist practices. The Spanish flu epidemic exacted a heavy toll in some West Zion families, and there were also deaths of young mothers in childbirth and of young children due to outbreaks of diphtheria and other childhood diseases.
When John K. Lehman, the Minister of the Mayton Mennonite Church moved to Oregon in 1915, the conference accepted responsibility to supply that congregation with preachers. Since the West Zion congregation was geographically closest to Mayton, that involved additional responsibilities for Noah Weber. Subsequently Moses H. Schmitt was ordained as a minister in the West Zion congregation with special responsibility for the Mayton congregation.
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Stauffer, Ezra. History of the Alberta-Saskatchewan Mennonite Conference. Ryley, Alberta: Alberta-Saskatchewan Mennonite Conference, 1960.
Harder, Richard, ed. West Zion Mennonite Church: Centennial Scrapbook, 1901-2001. Carstairs , Alberta : West Zion Mennonite Church , 2000.
|Author(s)||Ted D Regehr|
|Date Published||December 2003|
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Regehr, Ted D. "Weber, Noah R. (1875-1943)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. December 2003. Web. 30 Jul 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Weber,_Noah_R._(1875-1943)&oldid=93880.
Regehr, Ted D. (December 2003). Weber, Noah R. (1875-1943). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 30 July 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Weber,_Noah_R._(1875-1943)&oldid=93880.
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