Mast, John S. (1861-1951)
John S. Mast was a leader in the Amish Mennonite (MC) church in Lancaster-Berks County, Pennsylvania. Born on 30 November 1861 in Caernarvon Township, Berks County, PA, he died on 3 January 1951, on his home farm. He was a son of John M. Mast and Rebecca Stoltzfus. His early years were spent on his father's farm and in the community. At the age of 17 he attended Miss Bertolet's private school in Morgantown. He was married in 1885 to Christiana Zook. To this union three children were born, two of whom died in infancy. Christian Z. Mast, the historian of the Conestoga Valley, was a surviving son. On 6 May 1894 Mast was ordained to the ministry. He rendered over fifty years of active service in the pulpit and was an active participant in the work of the Ohio-Eastern A.M. Joint Conference. In the early 1900's he began a wide ministry as a speaker in Bible conferences. He was elected to the office of bishop by vote of his congregation and ordained in 1908. The following churches were in his charge: Conestoga at Morgantown, Pennsylvania., Millwood and Maple Grove at Gap and Atglen, PA; Long Green, MD; Westover, MD; and Mattawana, PA. His ability to speak in both German and English took him as an evangelist into different parts of the United States and Canada.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 536. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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