Gerber, Samuel (1863-1929)
Samuel Gerber, a son of Jacob and Catherine (Ropp) Gerber, was born near Carlock, McLean County, Illinois, on 8 September 1863. As a boy he moved with his mother to the vicinity of Tremont, Tazewell County, Illinois. He was married to Magdalena Sears of Tiskilwa, Illinois on 30 December 1886. Two sons and three daughters were born to them. He was a member of the Pleasant Grove Amish Mennonite congregation, near Tremont, was ordained to the ministry there on 2 May 1897, and ordained bishop 21 May 1911. He was also bishop of the Hopedale congregation 1921-1925, and a number of other congregations in the Western Amish Mennonite Conference. He served as secretary or assistant secretary of the Western Amish Mennonite Conference 1902-1905 and 1908, assistant moderator 1911, 1912, and 1920, moderator 1913-1919. He was on the merger committee which effected the dissolution of Western A.M. Conference and the reorganization of Mennonite district conferences west of Indiana 1920-1921, moderator of the merged Illinois Mennonite Conference 1925, secretary of the Mennonite Church General Conference 1907, and member of the first Illinois District Mission Board. He was also active in evangelistic work. He was a farmer throughout his life near Groveland, Tazewell County, Illinois. He died 28 October 1929, and was buried in Pleasant Grove Mennonite Cemetery near Tremont.
Weber, Harry F. Centennial history of the Mennonites of Illinois, 1829-1929. Goshen, IN: Mennonite Historical Society, 1931: 607.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 479. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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