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Noah Zook: Brethren in Christ evangelist; born near Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, USA on 30 May 1841 to Joseph Zook (1787-1852) and Catharine (Whisler) Zook (1800-1885). Noah married Hanna Mary Snoke (26 May 1846, Walnut Bottom, Pennsylvania - 27 Jul 1926, Goodman, Missouri, USA), daughter of Christian Snoke and Anna Nancy (High) Snoke, on 6 December 1866, and Noah and Hanna Mary had 11 children, three of whom died in childhood. Noah died on 7 February 1912 in Goodman, Missouri and was buried in Zion Cemetery, Abilene, Kansas.

Noah Zook and his family became a part of the Brethren in Christ movement to Dickinson County, Kansas in 1881. In 1872 he was called to the ministry and during the 1880s became one of the leading evangelists in the church. He explored Chicago (1888) as a possible urban mission field. Then with another evangelist he engaged in church planting evangelism in Michigan (1888-1889). A few years later (1893-1894) Zook gave his energies to a gospel tent ministry in Kansas. For 13 years, beginning in 1896, he and his wife, Hanna Mary became full-time evangelists traveling among the Brethren in Christ congregations proclaiming justification, second work sanctification, missions, divine healing, and the second coming of Christ. They were undeterred by resistance to their approach and teachings and lived to see the fruit of their labor. Four of their children became foreign missionaries. By 1910 revival meetings were an integral part of Brethren life, and in that year the denomination adopted a Wesleyan-oriented statement on sanctification (holiness movement). Divine healing was practiced and the Brethren became versed in dispensational premillennialism.

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Schrag, Martin H. "Societies Influencing the Brethren in Christ Toward a Missionary Program." Mennonite Quarterly Review 42 (1968): 117-131.

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Author(s) Martin H Schrag
Richard D. Thiessen
Date Published April 2012


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