Burkholder, Oscar (1886-1956)

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Oscar Burkholder.
MAO photo 1991-1-5

Oscar Burkholder was a prominent Mennonite Church (MC) evangelist and Bible teacher. He was born 24 September 1886 in Pickering, Ontario, the son of Aaron W. and Agnes Wood Burkholder. He received a Biblical training at the Toronto Bible College. He served as pastor of the Cressman Mennonite Church in Breslau, Ontario from 1913 until 1954 and was ordained as bishop in 1949. He also served as a teacher (1920-1956) and principal (1948-1954) in the Ontario Mennonite Bible School. In addition to serving on numerous district conference and General Conference committees, Burkholder was president of the Ontario Mennonite Mission Board for 14 years and moderator of the Mennonite General Conference (1949-1951). He preached over 8,000 sermons and conducted 180 revival meeting series and 89 Bible Conferences. He died 29 October 1956.


Bender,  Urie. Four Earthen Vessels: Biographical Profiles of Oscar Burkholder, Samuel F. Coffman, Clayton F. Derstine, and Jesse B. Martin. Kitchener, Ont. : Herald Press, 1982.

Additional Information

A 13:52 minute audio clip of Oscar Burkholder from a 1950 sermon in Allentown, Pennsylvania can be heard.

Author(s) Harold S Bender
Date Published 1959

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Bender, Harold S. "Burkholder, Oscar (1886-1956)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 29 Sep 2023. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Burkholder,_Oscar_(1886-1956)&oldid=170654.

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Bender, Harold S. (1959). Burkholder, Oscar (1886-1956). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 29 September 2023, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Burkholder,_Oscar_(1886-1956)&oldid=170654.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 1069. All rights reserved.

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