Lapp, Esther Ebersole (1880-1917)

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Born 26 June 1880 at Sterling, IL, Esther was the daughter of Elias R. and Barbara Stauffer Ebersole. She lived most of her early life in Adams County, NE. After graduation from the nurse's training course at the Passavant Memorial Hospital, Chicago, she married Nebraskan George J. Lapp on 25 June 1905. Along with her husband, she sensed a call to missionary work in India. Appointed by the Mennonite Board of Missions and Charities (Mennonite Church) they served at several locations in the Chhattisgarh region of the Central Provinces, later known as Madhya Pradesh. They were involved in educational and medical programs as well as the establishment of several congregations. She pioneered in developing a small group of women teachers called Bible women (lay evangelists). Mother of three daughters, she was a significant representative of a group of early 20th century Mennonite women who used their professional training in a church vocation. She died 7 May 1917 at Darjeeling, India, at the age of 36.


American Mennonite MC Mission, Dhamtari, India. Building on the Rock. Scottdale, PA: Mennonite Publishing House, 1926: esp. 179-80.

Lapp, John Allen. The Mennonite Church in India, 1897-1962, Studies in Anabaptist and Mennonite History, vol. 14. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1972: index.

Author(s) John A Lapp
Date Published 1987

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