Fricke, Fredrick C. (1867-1947)
Frederick C. Fricke, an elder and editor of the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite, was born 14 April 1867 near Hannover, Germany, the eldest son of Fredrick and Wilhelmina Fricke. When he was two years old the family immigrated to America and settled near Lansburg, Michigan, where he grew up. He was brought up in the Lutheran faith. At the age of 15 he felt that he was a lost sinner; after much prayer and searching the Scriptures, he received light that he must be born again. He was baptized upon confession in June 1882, by Elder John Holdeman into the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite. He married Leah B. Litwiller on 10 December 1890. Five sons and five daughters were born to them. Two of their sons, Harvey and Sam, were ordained to the ministry.
Fredrick Fricke was ordained to the ministry on 31 October 1893 by Elder Holdeman, serving in this office for nearly 54 years. He traveled extensively as an evangelist and as an elder for many years. He was a faithful witness and a wise counselor, whose advice was sought by young and old. By his efforts Sunday schools were introduced into many congregations. He served as moderator of the conference for many years. His editorial articles in the Messenger of Truth, which he edited for 36 years, and other doctrinal writings were permeated with Scripture. He was one of the early and most successful evangelists of the church. He died at the age of 80 years, and was buried in the Greenwood cemetery near Middleton, Michigan. His home address was Ithaca, Michigan.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 398. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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