Fast, Isaak I. (1847-1925)
Isaak I. Fast, Isaak, born 12 January 1847 at Gnadenfeld, Molotschna, Russia, was a leader and elder of a group of Mennonites which separated from the main body and established a new church known as the Alexandrodar Mennonite Church of Jerusalemsfreunde in the Kuban region in 1868. When a controversy arose during the 1860s regarding the Bruderschule of Gnadenfeld, Molotschna, Isaak Fast joined the brothers Johann and Friedrich Lange, who had been influenced by the chiliast Christian Hoffmann of Württemberg. All the petitions and correspondence in this case reprinted by Franz Isaak in Die Molotschnaer Mennoniten (207-59) bear the signature of Isaak Fast. Fast became a minister of the group in 1884, and elder in 1902. He also taught the school at Alexandrodar. At the Molotschna he had been a teacher of the Ohrloff Vereinsschule and in Russian schools.
Fast became a teacher in Katagai, Crimea, South Russia. He operated a school for girls for a time in Wohldemfuerst, also in the Kuban Settlement. After 30 years of teaching, he became a travelling book salesman. He died 11 May 1925.
Friesen, Peter M. Die Alt-Evangelische Mennonitische Brüderschaft in Russland (1789-1910) im Rahmen der mennonitischen Gesamtgeschichte. Halbstadt: Verlagsgesellschaft “Raduga“, 1911: 456, 728.
GRANDMA (The Genealogical Registry and Database of Mennonite Ancestry) Database, 5.05 ed. Fresno, CA:, 2008: #742049.
Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 v. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: I, 26.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 316. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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