Epp, Abraham P. (1871-1941)
Abraham P. Epp, minister of the Mennonite Brethren Church, was born at Evanecke, South Russia, 19 November 1871, the seventh of the ten children of Peter and Katharina (Klassen) Epp. In 1876 the family immigrated to America, settling on a farm near Hillsboro, Kansas, where Abraham grew up and joined the Mennonite Brethren Church in 1891. In 1893 he took a homestead on the Cherokee Strip, southeast of what is today Fairview, Oklahoma, and established his home, marrying Carolina Bekker on 27 December 1894. They had a family of three children. He was very active in the South Fairview Mennonite Brethren Church from its very beginning, serving as Sunday-school superintendent and deacon for many years. In 1925 the congregation elected him to the ministry, and for some time he was its pastor. In 1928 he retired and moved to Fairview.
Abraham Epp was an active worker in the Southern District Conference (Mennonite Brethren) and served as its treasurer in 1924-39. He died at his home in Fairview on 8 October 1941, and was buried in the South Fairview Mennonite Brethren Cemetery.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, pp. 233-234. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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