Bauman, Kenneth Garber (1926-1986)

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Kenneth Garber Bauman was born 6 April 1926 in Champa, Madhya Pradesh, India, to Harvey R. and Ella (Garber) Bauman. He died 21 December 1986. He was a graduate of Bluffton College and Mennonite Biblical Seminary (1953), having also studied at New York Biblical (Theological) Seminary. He graduated with the MTh degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1962. He and Mary Gallagher were married in 1950. He was the father of five children.

In 1954 the Baumans went to India, where they served for 18 years under the Commission on Overseas Mission (GCM), first at Korba, where he worked as Bible teacher and church planter (1954-1961), then at Union Biblical Seminary, Yavatmal, teaching primarily in homiletics and pastoral care. From 1968 to 1972 he also served as president of the seminary.

During their 1972 leave in North America, Bauman was invited to serve as senior pastor of the First Mennonite Church, Berne, Indiana, and accepted the call, serving from 1973 until his death. He was widely known for his dynamic, Bible-centered preaching and his concern for evangelism. In July 1986 he was elected president of the General Conference Mennonite Church. He had served 12 years on the General Board of the conference and on the board of trustees of Bluffton College (1974-1983). His catechism Invitation to Life (1982) found wide use in many congregations. His hobbies were playing violin, classical music, collecting stamps, and bird watching.


Mennonite Weekly Review (25 December 1986): 1.

Mennonite (27 January 1987): 44-45.

Author(s) Cornelius J Dyck
Date Published 1987

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