Richert, Peter H. (1871-1949)

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Peter H. Richert: a teacher and leader in the General Conference Mennonite Church; born 11 August 1871 at Gnadenheim, Molotschna Mennonite Settlement, South Russia, the son of Heinrich Richert and Helena (Unruh) Richert. On 16 August 1900, he married Eva Schmidt (30 June 1872, Paulsheim, Molotschna, South Russia - 21 December 1956, Wichita, Kansas, USA), daughter of Heinrich Schmidt (1841-1921) and Maria (Voth) Schmidt (1845-1925), in Goessel, Kansas. Peter and Eva had five children: Stella, Anton, Elma, Otto, and Samuel. Peter died on 24 October 1949 in Goessel, Kansas and was buried in the Tabor Mennonite Church Cemetery in Goessel, Kansas.

In 1874 Peter came to America aboard the S. S. Cimbria with his parents, with whom he experienced the hardships of pioneer life. He grew up near Goessel, Kansas, was baptized in 1889, attended Halstead Seminary from 1891 to 1893, and attended the Bible course at Bethel College from 1895 to 1897.

Richert taught for four years in district schools (1890-1891, 1893-1895, 1897-1898), for one year in the German Teachers' Institute (1894) and fifteen years at the Bethel College Academy (1898-1912, 1920-1921). In 1896 he was elected evangelist in his home church of Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church and several years later elected minister of this church, serving from 1898 to 1908. In 1908 he was elected as pastor of the newly organized Tabor Mennonite Church, and on 2 October 1910, ordained as its elder; he served here until 1946, when he suffered a stroke which partially paralyzed him.

Peter Richert's dream of serving as a foreign missionary never materialized, but was partly fulfilled in the tremendous amount of work which he did as secretary of the Foreign Mission Board in 1910-46. Reports sent in by the foreign missionaries were published in the Mission Quarterly, which he edited 1924-31. In 1913 he served as vice-president for the All-Mennonite Convention. 1914-1918 found him president of the Kansas Ministers' Conference, and 1920-1929 president of the Bethel College board of directors. For seven years he was president of the Western District Conference. Richert's preaching was mainly expository; very frequently he preached about the cause he loved most, namely, missions. He was also deeply interested in the promotion of peace. In 1940 he wrote a catechism entitled Some Difficult Passages Concerning the Use of the Sword.


GRANDMA (The Genealogical Registry and Database of Mennonite Ancestry) Database, 7.04 ed. Fresno, CA: " California Mennonite Historical Society, 2013: #48337.

"Rev Peter H. Richert." Find A Grave. 18 April 2005. Web. 27 September 2013.

Author(s) R. E F.
Richard D. Thiessen
Date Published September 2013

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