Ulery, Orville B. (1880-1945)

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Orville B. Ulery was a Brethren in Christ leader and businessman. He developed a greenhouse business in Springfield, Ohio, and with income from this business liberally supported many church activities, especially missions.

In 1910 he was elected to the ministry and in 1914 he became bishop of the Clark County district of southern Ohio. He served his denomination as evangelist and became known for illustrating his sermons with fluorescent rocks. He was chairman of the Publication Board from 1917 to 1944; under his leadership, the church paper, the Evangelical Visitor, became a holiness paper. From 1923 to 1927 he served as acting editor of the Evangelical Visitor. At the same time, from 1928 to 1943, he was secretary of General Conference. He was twice moderator of that body.

Ulery was a strong peace advocate. When General Conference in 1938 created a Nonresistance Committee, he served it first as secretary and then as chairman. As its chairman, he was the liaison between the Brethren in Christ and the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) during the war years. He served on the subcommittee of MCC that was concerned with the Civilian Public Service camps. He was also chairman of the Committee on Labor Union Affiliation (BIC) which considered cases of conflict between members of the denomination and labor unions.


Evangelical Visitor supplement (24 September 1945): I-VIII.

Sider, E. Morris. Nine Portraits. Nappanee, IN, 1978: 308-336.

Wittlinger, Carlton O. Quest for Piety and Obedience: The Story of the Brethren in Christ. Nappanee, IN: Evangel Press, 1978: 325-327, 333, 335, 349, 402.

Author(s) E. Morris Sider
Date Published 1989

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 5, p. 895. All rights reserved.

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