Troyer, Emanuel (1871-1942)

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Emanuel Troyer (1871-1942), an outstanding leader in the Central Mennonite Conference, was born 31 December 1871, near Hudson, Illinois, son of Manasses and Catherine Salzman Troyer. Baptized in 1888, he was ordained minister in 1899 and bishop in 1911, both times in the East White Oak congregation where he served as assistant pastor and pastor 1892-1928. He served as pastor of the Normal, Illinois congregation 1928-36. He served as conference president for many years, also as conference field secretary 1936-42. He was widely used as an evangelist 1911-20. He was largely responsible for the establishment of the Mennonite Sanitarium (later Mennonite Hospital) at Bloomington, Illinois, serving as president of the board from the beginning. He was a leading member of the Foreign Missions Committee of the Conference and the Congo Inland Mission Board. He married Ida Horst 23 January 1895. Maurice Troyer, vice-president of International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan, is a son. He died on 11 June 1942.


Weaver, W. B. "Biographical and Character Sketch of Rev. E. Troyer." Central Conference Yearbook (1943): 3-8.

Author(s) Harold S Bender
Date Published 1959

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, pp. 750-751. All rights reserved.

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