Burkholder, Christian Charles (1865-1931)
Burkholder, Christian Charles (1865-1931) was born of Mennonite parents in New Danville, Pennsylvania. In 1885 he moved to Kansas, where he married Fannie Zook, a daughter of Brethren in Christ bishop Samuel Zook. He was elected a deacon of the local Brethren in Christ Church in 1891, and became a minister four years later.
In 1896 the couple moved near Glendale, Arizona to pastor a small group of Brethren in Christ who had settled there a few years earlier. Five years later they moved to Upland, California, where he became a building contractor, organized a Brethren in Christ congregation, and became its bishop in 1904. Under his leadership, several other congregations were established in the state, and a mission was begun in San Francisco (1910). He helped to found a church school, Beulah College (later Upland College) in 1920 and served as its first president until his death.
Burkholder was an active churchman, a much requested evangelist, a member of the Home Mission Board and the Examining Board, and moderator of General Conference nine times. He was one of the leading exponents of the doctrine of sanctifcation as a second work of grace that came into his denomination in the early years of his ministry.
Sider, E. Morris. Nine Portraits. Nappanee, IN: Evangel Press, 1978: 278-307.
Wittlinger, Carlton O. Quest for Piety and Obedience: The Story of the Brethren in Christ. Nappanee, IN: Evangel Press, 1978: 303-304.
Evangelical Visitor (26 October 1931): 344.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 5, pp. 111-112. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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