Adrian, Heinrich (1851-1936)
Heinrich Adrian, a minister and elder of the Mennonite Brethren Church, was born 22 March 1851 in the village of Rudnerweide, Molotschna Mennonite Colony, South Russia. He was the third of eight children in the family of Heinrich and Sarah (nee Klassen) Adrian.
In boyhood he received an elementary education in the local village school. On 14 December 1871 he married Helena Loewen, after which he established his home in the Mennonite colony in the Crimea. The family migrated to America in 1874 and located on a farm near Parker, South Dakota. They were the parents of thirteen children. In 1904 the family moved to Kansas, living first on a farm near Buhler and after 1916 in Buhler.
After his conversion Heinrich Adrian joined the Mennonite Brethren Church through baptism on 21 May 1877. The local Mennonite Brethren church elected him to the ministry, and to the eldership on 30 October 1881. His early ministerial service was chiefly in the Mennonite Brethren Church at Parker, South Dakota, and in the congregations of the new settlements in the Dakotas. Coming to Kansas, he had a fruitful ministry in the Ebenezer Buhler Mennonite Brethren churches from 1904 to 1927, being presiding elder from 1907 to 1924. In addition he frequently visited other Mennonite Brethren churches in Kansas and Oklahoma. He was active in Mennonite Brethren conference work for many years. Between 1882 and 1900 the conference frequently employed him for part-time home mission work, in which he traveled extensively and conducted many meetings in various churches. He served on the Mennonite Brethren Foreign Mission Board from 1907 to 1912. He died at Buhler on 9 July 1936, and was interred at the local Mennonite Brethren cemetery.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, pp. 17-18. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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