Goerz, Franz (1820-1901)
Franz Goerz, elder of the Rudnerweide Mennonite congregation, Molotschna settlement, Taurida, South Russia, was born in 1820 at Rudnerweide, when that village was only one year old. In 1841 he married and after that lived at Gnadenfeld. In 1850 he became minister and in 1861 was ordained elder of his native Rudnerweide congregation. After the death of Elder August Lenzmann (1877) Goerz for five years served also as elder of the Gnadenfeld congregation. In 1891 he retired from his duty as elder because of ill health. He died in 1901 at Gnadenfeld, having served his large congregation 30 years as elder and 10 additional years as minister. In the 1870s during the crisis brought about through the introduction of universal military service in Russia, Goerz was several times one of the delegates sent to St. Petersburg to plead the Mennonite cause.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, pp. 536-537. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
©1996-2013 by the Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. All rights reserved.
MLA style: Goerz, Heinrich. "Goerz, Franz (1820-1901)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1956. Web. 21 May 2013. http://www.gameo.org/encyclopedia/contents/goerz_franz_1820_1901.
APA style: Goerz, Heinrich. (1956). Goerz, Franz (1820-1901). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 21 May 2013, from http://www.gameo.org/encyclopedia/contents/goerz_franz_1820_1901.