Wiens, Johann G. (1874-1951)

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Johann G. Wiens Source:  CMBS Photo Collection

Johann G. Wiens: missionary and Bible school teacher; born 3 August 1874 in Steinthal, Molotschna Colony, South Russia.  He was the youngest of seven children of Gerhard Wiens (13 February 1827–20 April 1875) and Susanna (Friesen) Wiens (3 April 1832–18 February 1901).  Johann married Helena Hildebrand (b. 6 October 1877, Tiege, Molotschna Colony, South Russia) on 12 November 1896.  She was the daughter of Heinrich Hildebrand and Elisabeth Klassen.  Johann and Helena had two sons and a foster daughter.  After the death of his first wife, Johann married Helena Wiens (b. 1897, Blumenfeld, Schoenfeld, South Russia).  Johann died 2 January 1951.

Johann received his elementary and secondary education in his home community and attended the Baptist Seminary at Hamburg, Germany from 1899-1903.  He was baptized in June 1900.  Johann and Helene served a term as missionaries in India from 1904-10. In 1918 he was the leader and teacher of the Tchongrav Bible School in the Crimea, positions he held until 1924. He migrated to Canada in 1926 where he taught at theWinkler Bible School.


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Author(s) Cornelius Krahn
Richard D. Thiessen
Date Published January 2006

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