Hiebert, John Nicholas Christian (1904-1956)
John Nicholas Christian "J. N. C." Hiebert: missionary and school administrator; born 5 March 1904 in Mountain Lake, Minnesota, USA to Mennonite Brethren pastor Nicholas N. Hiebert and Susie (Wiebe) Hiebert. John married Anna Luetta Jungas (2 August 1906, Mountain Lake, Minnesota - 13 January 1997, Boulder, Colorado, USA) on 9 August 1927 in Mountain Lake, Minnesota. Anna was the daughter of John Jungas (1870-1946) and Helena P. (Pankratz) Jungas (1874-1960). John and Anna had nine children: Phyllis, Grace, Helen (died young), Paul, Elizabeth, Gwendolyn, Joanne, Margaret, and Lois. John died on 20 July 1956 in Reedley, California, USA.
John studied at the St. Paul Bible Institute, Christian Missionary and Alliance Bible School at Nyack, New York, Tabor College (BA), Willamette University, and the University of Southern California (MA degree in South Asian history). John and Anna served as missionaries in India with the Mennonite Brethren Mission from 1929 to 1942, and 1947 to 1952.
In his early years, John gave himself to evangelism in both North America and India. In his later life he felt the call to develop leaders for the church. Under his leadership the Mahbubnagar High School was the first of the Mennonite Brethren schools in India to gain government accreditation. During the war years (1943-1947), he served as the principal of Immanuel Academy, Reedley, California, and guided it to accreditation and relocation. In 1952, he returned to the United States to serve as the president of Tabor College (1952-1953).
Christian Leader (June 1937): 7-9; (March 1939): 7-8; (June 1939): 39; (October 1940): 8-10; (15 September 1956): 21 [obituary].
Esau, Mrs. H. T. First Sixty Years of M.B. Missions. Hillsboro: Mennonite Brethren Publishing House 1954: 116-17.
Janzen, A. E. ed., Foreign Missions, India: The American M.B. Mission in India. Hillsboro, KS, 1948.
Janzen, A. E. Missionay Album ed. Hillsboro, KS (1951): 26.
Lorenz, J. H. The Mennonite Brethren Church. Hillsboro, KS, 1950: 229ff.
Peters, G. W. The Growth of Foreign Missions in the Mennonite Brethren Church. 1949.
Zionsbote (20 February 1941): 2; (9 April 1941): 2; (20 May 1941): 2; (29 July 1942): 3; (5 August 1942): 2; (3 August 1949): 3; (10 August 1949): 3; (21 June 1950): 2; (5 December 1951): 4.
Correspondence in the Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies (Fresno, California, USA).
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 5, p. 370. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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