Gnieden-Blumenheim Mennonite Brethren Church (Zaporizhia Oblast, Ukraine)
Gnieden-Blumenheim Mennonite Brethren Church, located 20 miles from Schönfeld, district of Alexandrovsk, in the province of Ekaterinoslav, South Russia, was organized probably in the 1880s by Mennonite families from the Molotschna settlement. The church took its name from a nobleman, Gnieden, from whom the land was purchased.
Tobias Voth, who after the Russian Revolution died the death of a martyr in exile, was the first minister of the congregation. In 1892, the church had a membership of 15. Until 1898, when the membership had risen to 28, the congregation held its meetings in the farm homes of its members. When one of the settlement moved away, his house was used as a meeting place.
At the turn of the century five families purchased land at Neu-Samara, in the province of Samara, and the Gnieden church began to dissolve. Voth soon thereafter moved to the Memrik settlement, and in 1908 he too moved to Samara. The other families scattered to various parts of the country, some eventually emigrating to Canada after 1923. Several families have settled near Coaldale, Alberta. Heinrich Dueck, one of the younger members of the Gnieden church, was later a minister in the Mennonite Brethren Church at Boissevain, Manitoba.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 533. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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