Epp, Bernhard (1852-1926)
Bernhard Epp, elder: born 19 February 1852 in Rosenort, Molotschna Colony, South Russia, the sixth of nine children of Heinrich H. Epp (1811-1863) and Justina (Willms) Epp (1822-1891). Bernhard's father had three children from his first marriage to Sara Thiessen (1793-1841). In 1875 he married Anna Wiens (b. 19 June 1854, Lindenau, Molotschna Colony – d. 24 February 1926, Lindenau, Molotschna Colony), daughter of Franz Wiens. They had 11 children: Gerhard, Justina, Helena, Agatha, Jacob, Anna, Bernhard, Katharina, Johann, David and Maria. Bernhard died 16 July 1926 in Lindenau, Molotschna, South Russia.
In 1889 Epp was elected as minister and in 1908 as elder of his congregation, the Lichtenau-Petershagen Mennonite Church. Although he had only an elementary education, he served with wisdom and devotion through all the trouble of the War and the Revolution. During his years of service he preached 641 times at funerals and 271 times at weddings, not to speak of the many Sunday services he conducted. He instructed and baptized around 1,200 persons.
GRANDMA (The Genealogical Registry and Database of Mennonite Ancestry) Database, 4.19 ed. Fresno, CA: California Mennonite Historical Society, 2005.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 234. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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