Anthony, Ebenezer (1865-1913)
Anthony Ebenezer, the son of Francis and Isabelle (Fackman), was born on 27 November 1865 near the village of Kilsyth, Grey County, Ontario. He grew up on the farm and attended public school. On 9 October 1889 he married Harriet Alma French, and together they had four children. He was converted in 1886 at meetings led by evangelist Janet Douglas, and in 1888 he entered the ministry of the Mennonite Brethren in Christ Church (now the Evangelical Missionary Church). He was ordained in 1891 and gave 21 years of active service to the ministry, holding pastorates in the Ontario Conference, and also at Brown City, Caledonia, and Greenwood, in the Michigan Conference. In 1895 he was appointed first Presiding Elder of the Michigan Conference, serving in this capacity for two terms of five years each (1895-1900, 1904-1909).
He was the first foreign missionary of the Michigan Conference, and leader of the pioneer missionary party sent out by the Mennonite Brethren in Christ to Nigeria in 1901. Because of illness he was forced to return home from the mission in 1903. He never fully recovered from the disease that he had contracted. He was greatly used by God to stir up interest in foreign missions, particularly in the Michigan Conference.
He died on 6 April 1913 at Brown City, Michigan and was buried in the Brown City cemetery.
Gospel Banner (17 April 17 1913): 14.
Huffman, J.A. History of the Mennonite Brethren in Christ Church. New Carlisle, Ohio, 1920: 222.
Storms, E.R. Storms. What God Hath Wrought. Springfield, Ohio: The United Missionary Society, 1948: Ch. 3.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 131. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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