Wiens, Peter Jacob (1877-1945)
Born 15 April 1877 at Neu-Schönsee, Chortitza Colony, Russia, Peter Wiens was the son of Jacob J. and Maria Quapp Wiens. (Maria was daughter of Johann Wiens [1814-1891], and Helen Quapp [1818-1882]. Peter attended the Zentralschule at Neu-Schoensee. He was one of four Russian Mennonite young people who were encouraged by David Goerz to come to Bethel College in 1901; he graduated from Bethel Academy in 1904, then studied medicine in Brooklyn, NY. In 1906 Wiens married Agnes Harder, with whom he served as a missionary in Mauhadih and Basna (Jagdeeshpur), India, 1906-1915, 1917-1925, 1927-1937, working as an evangelist, educator, builder, and horticulturist. Wiens frequently joked that he was a PhD, a "poor Hindi doctor.” He was pastor at Upland, CA (1915), and Hutchinson, KS, (1926), during furloughs. He worked in the Mennonite Historical Library at Bethel College and preached in congregations, 1937-1945. Peter J. Wiens died 7 June 1945.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 5, p. 931. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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