Amish Mennonite Publishing Association

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The Amish Mennonite Publishing Association was operated under the direction of the Conservative Amish Mennonite Conference and Old Order Amish Mennonite Church members. S. D. Guengerich, Bishop Jacob F. Swartzentruber, Preacher Peter Swartzentruber, Preacher Gideon Yoder, of the Kalona-Wellman, Iowa, community, and Bishop Eli J. Bontreger of Shipshewana, Indiana, organized this board in January 1912.

Five members served on this board for a five-year term. One of the five was annually elected president. The board elected a secretary-treasurer once a year, who was not a board member. The first manager of the Association was S. D. Guengerich, who was succeeded at his death by L. A. Miller.

The duties of the board were to appoint editors for the different departments of the Herold der Wahrheit, and to appoint a secretary-treasurer to take care of the incoming and outgoing funds. The board members in 1950 were Walter E. Beachy, Wellman, Iowa, president; and Fred Nisly, Benjamin L. Yoder, Joseph G. Gingerich, and Enos H. Miller, secretary-treasurer, all of Kalona, Iowa.

In 1955, the corporation dissolved as the Conservative Mennonite Conference, frustrated in part with the prominence of German in the paper, withdrew from the publication. Beginning in 1956 board members and editors have all been Old Order Amish, mostly in Kalona, Iowa.

In 2012 each issue began with a devotional editorial in German, followed by several articles on biblical topics, history and practical Christian living, also in German. Then followed a mostly parallel format in English. Articles not written by one of the three editors were sent in by readers or reprinted from other conservative periodicals.

The paper continued to feature the writings of early Anabaptists like Dirk Philips or Menno Simons. And overall themes — focused on topics like humility, buying and selling, repentance and conversion, avoidance and the ban, sin and the challenges of church unity — reflect a tone of biblical authority, doctrinal clarity, fear of worldliness and a concern for practical application that came through just as clearly in 2012 as it did in 1912.


Roth, John D. "'Truth' in German." Mennonite Weekly Review (10 December 2012). Web. 26 July 2016.

Author(s) L. A. Miller
John D. Roth
Date Published July 2016

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