Millerovo Mennonite Brethren Church (Millerovo, Russia)
Millerovo Mennonite Brethren Church, located in the town of Millerovo, in the Don region of Russia, was rather isolated from other Mennonite settlements, being at least about 400 miles (650 km) from the closest Mennonite community. The first settlers, David J. Klassen, Wilhelm J. Friesen, who was a teacher, Johann Nickel, and J. Siemens, three of whom were business partners, and Wilhelm Isaac Dyck, a businessman and minister, came to Millerovo in the spring of 1903, seeking better business opportunities for a flour mill. This group immediately selected a place for a church, built a frame structure with a seating capacity of 40-50, and then organized an independent Mennonite Brethren Church under the leadership of Wilhelm I. Dyck. The membership did not exceed 140, and consisted mainly of business people and laborers. They conducted all of their services in the High German language. W. I. Dyck was assisted in the work of the church by the ministry of David Johann Klassen, Johann Penner, and Abram Rempel. Rempel also succeeded W. I. Dyck as the leader of the church 1919-1923. By 1924 most of the members, on account of hardship because of the Revolution, emigrated to Canada, and the church ceased to exist.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 693. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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