Fast, Isaak P. (1856-1908)
Isaak P. Fast, the son of the well-known teacher Peter Fast of Tashchenak-Friedensfeld, South Russia, was born on 4 February 1856, and died November 1908. Among the pioneers of the Memrik settlement in the district of Bachmut, which was purchased by the Molotschna settlement for its landless families in 1885, there were 28 members of the Mennonite Brethren Church of Rückenau. One of these was Isaak P. Fast, who settled here with his wife and family. In the fall of 1885 Fast was ordained to the ministry to lead the young church (affiliated with Rückenau). On 11 September 1900 the church became independent and on this occasion Fast was ordained as an elder. Under his leadership the Memrik (Kotlyarevo) Mennonite Brethren Church grew, reaching a membership of 350 by May 1902.
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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