Stauffer, John L. (1888-1959)

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John L. Stauffer (13 November 1888-15 August 1959), began his career as a Mennonite churchman and educator at the Altoona, Pennsylvania, mission in 1910, the year he married Lydia Kolb (3 August 1910) and was ordained a minister in 1911. In 1918 he accepted a call to teach Bible at Eastern Mennonite School, Harrisonburg, Virginia, where he filled important roles in academic and administrative work. In 1936, after the death of A. D. Wenger, he became the school's third president. He guided the school in its steady growth in all aspects until the end of his tenure in 1948, when it achieved full collegiate status as Eastern Mennonite College. Stauffer's policies kept the college close to its conservative Mennonite constituency, located primarily in the eastern United States. As minister, pastor, and bishop (from 1934 onward), he was a strong leader among Virginia Mennonites. He published articles and tracts on Bible doctrines and spoke frequently at Bible conferences. He served on important committees in the Mennonite Church (MC) General Conference and as its moderator, 1947-1949. He was the father of two daughters and three sons.


“Stauffer, John L.” Gospel Herald 52 (8 September 1959). Reproduced in MennObits. “Gospel Herald Obituary - September 1959.” Accessed 21 June 2006. <>

Author(s) Hubert R Pellman
Date Published 1989

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 5, pp. 856-857. All rights reserved.

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