Brackbill, Christian M. (1853-1936)
Christian M. Brackbill was born in Salisbury Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, 5 December 1853, in the home of Joseph and Elizabeth Metzler Brackbill. He taught school for two years, attended a term of normal school, and then returned to the farm of his father. He married Elizabeth K. Denlinger 20 November 1879, a daughter of Benjamin L. and Anna Kreider Denlinger, born 18 October 1855. They had seven children. They were members of the Hershey church, probably before marriage, which was then rare. He was the first superintendent of the Hershey Sunday school and early a devotee of the mission cause. When it crystallized in the Sunday School Advocates in the middle 1890s, he headed the organization for a short time.
On 17 September 1896 Brackbill was ordained by Isaac Eby as a preacher in the Hershey-Paradise district. Though ordained when missions were not generally accepted, he continued his interest in missions and the Sunday school. He was a commanding figure in the pulpit and was very influential with the young people, being more progressive in spirit than many.
Upon the death of Isaac Eby in 1910, he was ordained bishop in the large Pequea-Mellinger- Strasburg district, serving ably until his death on 8 March 1936, leaving his imprint on the Lancaster Mennonite Conference.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 400. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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