Thiessen, John (1893-1967)

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Born 25 May 1893 near Inman, Kansas, John Thiessen was the son of Jacob and Sara (Janzen) Thiessen. The children of John and Elizabeth (Wiens) Thiessen were Harold, Arthur, Eleanor, Muriel, and Dorothy. John Thiessen died 16 February 1967.

John attended German school, 1899-1902; public school, 1902-1908; Bethel Academy, 1912-1916; Bethel College, 1916-1919 (AB); the U. of Chicago, 1919-1920; McCormick Seminary, 1920-1921; Witmarsum Seminary 1929-1930 (BD); Garrett Biblical Institute, 1930; and Bluffton College, 1931 (AM). He married Elizabeth R. Wiens on 4 May 1921.

Thiessen was an educational and pastoral missionary at Mauhadih and Jagdeeshpur, India, 1921-1949, and was executive secretary of the General Conference Mennonite Mission Board, 1952-1958. He was a member of the Bethel Congregation, Inman, Kansas. Thiessen was pastor of congregations at Pandora, Ohio; Henderson, Nebraska; and Newton, Goessel, and Hillsboro, Kansas.


Juhnke, James C. A People of Mission: A History of General Conference Mennonite Overseas Missions. Newton, KS: Faith and Life, 1979.

Author(s) Muriel T Stackley
Date Published 1989

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