Hübert, Jakob Fr. (1873-1964)
Born 14 June 1873 at Margenau, Molotschna, Jakob Fr. Hübert was converted and baptized in the Mennonite Brethren Church at age 17. He married Helene Kasdorf 1903 and moved to the Omsk, Siberia, region where he was ordained minister (1907) and elder (1913).
He was arrested in 1929 but escaped to Germany, from where he emigrated to Brazil in 1930. He was elected to organize and lead the new Mennonite Brethren church, which required wisdom and love to shape a congregation whose members had come from many different parts of Russia. In 1936 he was called to serve as leader of the Mennonite Brethren church in Curitiba. With the coming of World War II use of the German language was prohibited, forcing him to preach and lead worship in Low German (closely related to Dutch). He was known particularly for his pastoral concern and the irenic spirit in which he worked with others including elder David Koop of the [kirchliche] Mennonite congregation (General Conference Mennonite Church). He was one of the last to serve in the office of elder in the Mennonite Brethren church. He died 25 September 1964.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 5, pp. 397-398. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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