Hart, Homer (1896-1977)
Homer Hart, b. 3 December 1896, d. 24 December 1977, was one of the first Indian workers in the General Conference Mennonite Church (GCM) mission to the Southern Cheyenne in Oklahoma. As a young person he came in contact with Henry J. Kliewer, a Mennonite missionary under the Board of Foreign Missions (GCM). By age 12, he and Alfrich Heap of Birds assisted in a camp meeting service. In the fall of 1917 he became a paid worker (or "native helper") with the Red Moon Mission Church (later the Bethel Mennonite Church, Hammon, Oklahoma, USA), assisting Kliewer. Hart continued in this work for more than 40 years. He was ordained as an elder in 1958. During the latter part of his ministry he served as an evangelist in other areas of Indian ministries in Montana and Arizona. Hart also served as a committeeman for the Southern Cheyenne and Arapaho. The committee was a forerunner of the Tribal Council. In 1936, he was selected as headsman of the Southern Cheyenne tribe. He was also a member of the Elk Soldier Society.
See also Indian Ministries.
Barrett, Lois. The Vision and the Reality: The Story of Home Missions in the General Conference Mennonite Church. Newton, KS: Faith and Life, 1983: 55, 70.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 5, p. 363. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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