Doerksen, Jacob J. (1907-1952)

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Jacob J. Doerksen (1907-1952)

Jacob J. Doerksen: minister; born 2 November 1907 in Blumenfeld, Nepluyevka, South Russia, the eldest of eleven children of Jacob F. Doerksen (13 April 1874–28 August 1962) and Agatha (Krause) Doerksen (17 August 1884–11 July 1982). Jacob's father had several children but only one that grew to adulthood from his first marriage to Katharina Loewen (1874-1903). On 26 October 1933 Jacob married Anna Kehler (6 September 1909, South Russia – 18 July 1989, Abbotsford, British Columbia) in Herbert, Saskatchewan. Anna was the daughter of Johann P. Kehler (24 January 1867–1919) and Agatha (Siemens) Kehler (b. 14 May 1870). Jacob and Anna had five children: Leonard, Betty, Esther, Ruth and Daniel. Jacob died 22 February 1952 in Abbotsford, BC. His widow Anna later married Johann Enns (1898-1979).

Jacob and his family moved to Canada in 1927, settling in Herbert, Saskatchewan.  Jacob was converted through the preaching ministry of C. N. Hiebert and attended the Herbert Bible School. After his marriage, Jacob served as a minister in the Herbert Mennonite Church, where he was ordained in 1935. In 1939 Jacob and Anna moved to Swift Current, where he served in the Emmaus Mennonite Church and where he taught for four years in the Swift Current Bible School.

In 1943 the Doerksens relocated to Abbotsford, BC where they developed a fruit, berry and chicken farm. Jacob and Anna were both re-baptized by immersion and joined the North Abbotsford Mennonite Brethren Church (now Clearbrook Mennonite Brethren Church) on 4 June 1943. Jacob was ordained to the ministry in the Mennonite Brethren Church on 11 June 1944 and in December of that year he was elected as leader of the congregation to replace Cornelius C. Peters.

Jacob began having heart problems near the end of 1950 and after several lengthy hospitalizations passed away in 1952 at the very young age of 44.


Ratzlaff, Erich L., ed. The Clearbrook Mennonite Brethren Church: A History of the Clearbrook M.B. Church 1936-1986. Clearbrook, BC : Clearbrook Mennonite Brethren Church, 1986.

Author(s) Erich L. Ratzlaff
Richard D. Thiessen
Date Published January 2006

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