Wenger, Paul A. (1889-1969)

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Born 22 March 1889 at Fortuna, Missouri, USA), Wenger studied at the University of Idaho Agriculture College (1912-1916); the Bible Institute of Los Angeles (1920-1922); Bethel College, KS. (BA, 1933); and the Biblical Seminary in New York (1943-1944). He was a seed analyst and assistant field agronomist for the State of Idaho, 1916-1918, and a missionary to India, 1923-1952. From 1953-1957 he administered the Mennonite Mission Center, Chicago. A minister (General Conference Mennonite), elder, deacon, and Sunday School teacher, he was a member of First Mennonite Church, Aberdeen, Idaho; and First Mennonite Church, Bluffton, Ohio. He married Adah Frances Good Burkhalter on 3 March 1926 at Mauhadih, Madhya Pradesh, India. In Jagdeeshpur (1925-1931) he introduced the flying shuttle to speed up hand-loom weaving and organized the Christian Cooperative Bank and Christian Weavers' Association of Basna.

He and Adah Wenger served many years in evangelistic work in Korba, Madhya Pradesh State, and opened mission work in Sarguja State, 1949. He died 22 January 1969 at Bluffton, Ohio.


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Warkentin, A. and Melvin Gingerich, compilers. Who's Who Among the Mennonites. North Newton, KS: Bethel College, 1943: 271.

Wenger, Paul A. "The Road to Sarguja." India Calling 15, no. 1 (Mission Press, Jubbulpore, Madhya Pradesh, India, Spring, 1952): 3.

Wenger, Paul A. Twenty-five Years with God in India. Berne, IN: Mennonite Book Concern, 1929: 198-99.

Author(s) Kathryn L Jantzen
Date Published 1989

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