Neufeld, Heinrich A. (1865-1933)

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Heinrich A. Neufeld: Mennonite Brethren minister and conference leader; born 26 April 1865 on the Peter Neustaedter estate, Neustaedter Chutor, in Ekaterinoslav, South Russia. Heinrich’s parents were Abram A. Neufeld (17 October 1820, Kronsweide, Chortitza, South Russia - 13 May 1876, Steinfeld, Schlachtin, South Russia) and Helena (Unrau) Neufeld (26 December 1834, South Russia - 7 June 1898, Timtschenko, Barvenkovo District, Kharkov, South Russia). Heinrich married Anna Martens (21 October 1872, Orloff, Zagradovka, South Russia - 3 December 1901, Nikolayevka, Ignatyevo, South Russia), daughter of Wilhelm Martens (1846-1928) and Anna Decker (1850-1928) on 10 January 1891 in Zagradovka. Heinrich and Anna had three children (three others died young): Wilhelm, Heinrich, and Abram. Heinrich’s second wife was Aganetha Dueck (6 January 1872, Schönau, Molotschna, South Russia - 17 May 1956, Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada), daughter of Gerhard Dueck (1835-1873) and Anna (Kliewer) Dueck (1840-1882), whom he married on 24 March 1902 in Tiege, Zagradovka. They had seven children: Agnes, Anna, Tiena, George, Johannes, Cornelius, and Mary. Heinrich died on 13 May 1933 in Herbert, Saskatchewan, Canada, where he was buried.

Heinrich attended school throughout his youth and received a good education. He worked for several years in the Klassen-Janzen Foundry in Sergeyevka, Fürstenland Mennonite Settlement, and later served for four years at the Zagradov Forestry Station.

Heinrich was baptized at the age of 18 in 1883 and joined the Mennonite Brethren Church. Heinrich began to preach in 1884 and was ordained by Elder Aron Lepp from Einlage. After his first wife Anna’s death, Heinrich moved to Zagradovka Mennonite Settlement.

After a successful ministry in Russia, Neufeld immigrated to the USA in 1909, settling in Carpenter, South Dakota. The family moved to Canada in 1911 and settled on a farm in Herbert, Saskatchewan. He served as the leading minister in the Herbert Mennonite Brethren Church between 1912-1925 and 1928-1929, and served the Northern District Conference of the Mennonite Brethren Church as assistant moderator in 1916 and moderator in 1917. Neufeld traveled widely as an evangelist and Bible teacher, and served on the board of Herbert Bible School in the early years of its existence.

Heinrich was the younger brother of Hermann A. Neufeld, another leader in the Mennonite Brethren Church.


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Author(s) Richard D Thiessen
Date Published October 2013

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