Risser, Johannes (1810-1868)

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Johannes Risser, a minister of the Mennonite congregation at Sembach, Germany, was born in Friedelsheim, 21 November 1810. He was educated at the universities of Heidelberg, Erlangen, and Bonn. On 16 September 1832 he entered the ministry at Sembach. He vigorously cultivated the spiritual life and intellectual interests of his congregation. (The church record books contain his notes on the history of the Mennonite churches in Palatinate.) His influence extended far beyond his congregation. He was an active co-worker on the Mennonitische Blätter. He was closely associated with his co-preachers Jakob Ellenberger and Johannes Molenaar. He had a prominent part in the compilation of the Formularbuch, which was still in use as of 1955, and of the new hymnal (see Hymnology) of 1854. Also the questions of the creating of a ministerial fund (Predigerfonds) and of the traveling ministry (Reisepredigt) occupied him. His attempts to bring about a union with the Amish Mennonites of the Palatinate were only temporarily successful, but are a testimonial to his warm love for the brotherhood, his broad view, and his generous mind. He died at Sembach on 23 May 1868.


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Author(s) Christian Neff
Date Published 1959

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