Lehman, Martin Clifford (1883-1963)

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M. C. Lehman - Dhamtari, India, 1964.
Mennonite Church USA Archives - Goshen. Goshen, Indiana.
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Martin Clifford Lehman, b. 16 March 1883, d. 22 December 1963,  was a gifted, respected Mennonite Church (MC) leader. One year after he and Lydia Leichty were married (1905), they began a 25-year missionary career in India, 1906-1930.

With insight M.C. Lehman wrote about the relationship between the Indian and American Mennonite church, world conditions and their impact on missions, rural education in India, the realities of caste in family life, and theologians like Barth. From 1912-1924 he was associate editor of Christian Schayah. His PhD dissertation (Yale, 1933) examined the religious significance of 19th century author Harishchandra; his Mission Study Course (1939) clarified Mennonite Church work in India.

For a year following November 1939 and again after the spring of 1941, M. C. was with Mennonite Central Committee in Europe for relief work. His pen again informed Mennonites of the history and principles of relief work—in the spirit of Christ; offered a bibliography of resources; described the misery of uprootedness and disease and the suffering caused by inadequate food, shelter, and clothing; and called on North American Christians to respond to these needs with prayer and materials.


Lehman, M. C. "Indian Life at Close Range." Gospel Witness 2 (16 January-27 February 1907): 667, 682, 699, 730-31, 762.

Lehman, M. C. "A Trip to the American Mennonite Mission." Gospel Witness3 (25 September-30 October 1907): 405, 421, 436, 452, 468, 484.

Lehman, M. C. "September World Conditions and Mennonite Mission." Gospel Herald (16 July 1931): 381-384; (3 September 1931): 518-520.

Lehman, M. C. "The Religious Significance of Writings of Harishchandra." PhD dissertation, Yale U., 1933. Copy at MC Archives Goshen.

Lehman, M. C. Our Mission Work in India, Mission Study Course. Elkhart, IN: Mennonite Board of Missions, 1939.

Lehman, M. C. Mennonite Relief Work, an annotated bibliography. Goshen College: Mennonite Relief Training School, 1943.

Lehman, M. C. "Needs and Conditions in Europe." Christian Monitor (series: July-December 1945): 175, 205, 233, 240, 256, 288, 323.

Lehman, M. C. History and Principles of Mennonite Relief Work: An Introduction. Akron, Pa.: MCC, 1945: 44.

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

Edward: Pilgrimage of a Mind, ed., Ida Yoder. Wadsworth, Ohio, and Irwin, PA: Ida and Virgil Yoder, 1985: 29, 282, 308, 398.

Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage 11 (April 1988): 18-19.

Schlabach,Theron F. Gospel Versus Gospel. Scottdale, 1980: e.g., 133-35.

Springer, Nelson and A.J. Klassen, compilers, Mennonite Bibliography, 1631-1961, 2 vols. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1977: II,p. 472.

Warkentin, A. and Melvin Gingerich, compilers. Who's Who Among the Mennonites. North Newton, KS: Bethel College, 1943: 156.

Author(s) Dorothy Yoder Nyce
Date Published 1987

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Nyce, Dorothy Yoder. (1987). Lehman, Martin Clifford (1883-1963). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 23 February 2024, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Lehman,_Martin_Clifford_(1883-1963)&oldid=130662.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 5, p. 517. All rights reserved.

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