Janz, Benjamin (1849-1916)

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Benjamin Janz: Mennonite Brethren minister and elder; born 31 March 1849 in Waldheim, Molotschna Mennonite Settlement, South Russia. His parents were Benjamin Janz (b. 2 December 1813) and Elisabeth (Thiart) Janz (b. 24 January 1817). On 14 November 1872 Benjamin married Helena Penner (13 October 1850, Landskrone, Molotschna – 26 March 1936, Main Centre, Saskatchewan, Canada), daughter of Jacob Penner (1828-1889) and Helena (Dueck) Penner (1828-1898). Benjamin and Helena had 10 children (their eldest child died young): Elisabeth, Johann, Jacob, Margaretha, Benjamin, Heinrich, Peter, Abram, Lydia, and Nikolas. Benjamin died on 25 September 1916 in Main Centre, Saskatchewan, where he was buried.

Benjamin was converted in 1869 and joined the Mennonite Brethren Church by baptism in 1870. He was elected to the ministry in 1882 and served in that capacity for 29 years.

Benjamin and his family immigrated to Canada in 1903 and lived a short time in Manitoba before settling in Main Centre, Saskatchewan. Janz helped organize the Bethel (later Main Centre) Mennonite Brethren Church and was ordained an Elder in 1907, serving until his retirement in 1915.

Janz served the Herbert Kreis (Circuit) of Mennonite Brethren churches throughout southern Saskatchewan and was a prominent leader in the Northern District Conference of the Mennonite Brethren Church, serving as Assistant Moderator from the conference’s inception in 1910 until 1915.

Benjamin's grandsons were Leo Janz and Hildor Janz, members of the Janz Team.


GRANDMA (The Genealogical Registry and Database of Mennonite Ancestry) Database, 7.04 ed. Fresno, CA: " California Mennonite Historical Society, 2013: #39100.

Lohrenz, John H. The Mennonite Brethren Church. Hillsboro, KS: The Board of Foreign Missions of The Conference of the Mennonite Brethren Church of North America, 1950: 305.

Author(s) Richard D Thiessen
Date Published October 2013

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