Nachtigal, Abram (1876-1950)
Abram Nachtigal (11 May 1876-6 February 1950) was a leading minister among the Mennonite Brethren (MB). He was born in Franzthal, South Russia, as the son of Peter Nachtigal. He studied with Kornelius Unruh in Orloff, and also supplemented his education by much reading. In Russia he was a member of the Allianz-Gemeinde in Lichtfelde and for 19 years was its leading minister. He taught school a few years, and later served as manager of a Mennonite forestry service camp. A gifted evangelist and youth worker, he served both in Russia and Canada as an itinerant minister. In his home church he was valued as minister, Bible school teacher, and youth worker. Besides numerous articles in the church papers he published two booklets, Unter dem Kreuz and Gesegnete Spaziergänge eines Vaters mit seinem Vierzehnjährigen (Yarrow, 1947). He was known for his poetry as well as his story-telling and his preaching.
Nachtigal was married three times. His first wife was Mariechen Warkentin; they had eight children. After her death he married Frida Noeg, with whom he had five children. Anna Dick became his third wife. The family came to Canada in 1924. After a year's stay in Ontario they moved to Arnaud, Manitoba where they lived for eleven years and where he was the leading minister of the Mennonite Brethren Church. In 1935 the family moved to Yarrow, British Columbia where Abram Nachtigal died after a lengthy illness. He was buried in the Yarrow cemetery.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 805. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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