Bergen, Bernhard (1769-1809)
Bernhard Bergen (according to other sources Peter Bargen or Bergen), b. 14 May 1769 in the Danzig region, d. 8 April 1809, in the Chortitza settlement in the Ukraine, South Russia. He was ordained minister in 1802 (or 1804) and co-elder in 1806, both in the Chortitza congregation. The reason for his ordination to the eldership is not clear, since Johann Wiebe was also serving in the office. It was apparently customary in Chortitza to ordain a co-elder, who took the place of the elder at his passing. The elder's office was at that time no doubt fraught with difficulty, for the Chortitza settlement was not yet filled, and there was general dissatisfaction with the plan of settlement and constant friction between the religious and secular leadership in the colony, in addition to a feeling of being forsaken in the desolate steppes, in their separation from the mother church in Prussia.
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