Dyck, Jakob (1779-1854)
Jakob Dyck (Dyk) was elder of the Chortitza Mennonite Church in Russia. He was born in Neuendorf, 5 June 1779, and chosen elder in 1812. In 1851 Franz Wiens was chosen as co-elder, but he died in 1853 without having served in the office. Jakob Dyck died 18 October 1854.
His pastoral letters written in Neuosterwick to Isaak Penner, a teacher in Rosengart (dated 1846-1847), bear eloquent testimony to his faithfulness as a shepherd. He states: "The repentant sinner receives the justification of Jesus through grace without the merit of works (Romans 3:24). A thorough conversion must be followed by a life that demonstrates who dwells within us." "Without Him I am a doomed sinner, who errs and falls but whatever good I want and do is done through my Lord Jesus." Peter M. Friesen refers to these letters as crowning evidence that spiritual life was not extinct in the Mennonite congregations at that time and that this should be kept in mind when the origin of the Mennonite Brethren Church of Chortitza is considered.
Epp, David H. Die chortitzer Mennoniten: Versuch einer Darstellung des Entwickelungsganges derselben. Rosenthal bei Chortitz: Selbstverlag des Verfassers, 1889: 104 ff.
Friesen, Peter M. Die Alt-Evangelische Mennonitische Brüderschaft in Russland (1789-1910) im Rahmen der mennonitischen Gesamtgeschichte. Halbstadt: Verlagsgesellschaft "Raduga", 1911: 102-106, 700.
Mennonitische Auslese. Steinbach, Man.: Arnold Dyck, 1951: I, 7-9.
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