Neu-Chortitza Mennonite Church (Baratov Settlement, Dnipropetrovsk Oblast,Ukraine)
The Neu-Chortitza (Novo-Chortitza) Mennonite Church was organized in 1872 in the Baratov Mennonite settlement, as a subsidiary of the Chortitza Mennonite Church. When the Schlachtin settlement was established in the neighborhood in 1874, its villages also became a part of the Neu-Chortitza Mennonite Church. In 1905 the membership was 1,045, with a total population of 2,569. Jacob Päthkau served as elder of the congregation in 1910-1918. He was succeeded as elder by J. A. Rempel 1920-1929, who was the last elder of the congregation. Other ministers, with dates of ordination, were Peter Klassen (1890), Jacob Epp (1852), Gerhard Dyck (1856), Gerhard Ens I (1860), Anton Sudermann (1870), Gerhard Ens II (1870), Dietrich Epp (1872), Cornelius Rempel 1879), Jacob Klassen (1900), Abr. Penner (1880), Heinrich Dyck (1884), Klaas Wiebe (1884), Aaron Warkentin (1890), Peter Penner (1890), Jacob Bärg (1892), Abraham Kröger (1897), Dietrich Görzen (1898), and Wilhelm Sawatzky (1905). The congregation had places of worship at Neu-Chortitza and Grünfeld. During the Revolution and under Stalin the congregation suffered severely. In 1923, 500 persons from this congregation emigrated to Canada.
Elder J. A. Rempel was very active in his congregation and also in representing the Mennonites to the government. He served many congregations all over Russia. In 1925 he was delegated to attend the first Mennonite World Conference at Basel, Switzerland. In 1929 he was sent into exile, where he perished in 1941. Peter Funk, a co-minister, was also exiled in 1930. Worship services were discontinued. During the German occupation (1941-1943), religious life was revived. The leading minister then was Jacob Friesen, who later emigrated to Drake, Saskatchewan, Canada. The church records of the congregation (according to a niece of Elder Jacob Päthkau) were burned under the Soviet government. The majority of the members of the Neu-Chortitza Mennonite Church were taken to Germany with the retreating German army in 1943. However, only a fraction of them reached Canada and South America, the majority having been sent back by the Russian army.
Dirks, Heinrich. Statistik der Mennonitengemeinden in Russland Ende 1905 (Anhang zum Mennonitischen Jahrbuche 1904/05). Gnadenfeld: Dirks, 1905: 6, 61.
Töws, A. A. Mennonitische Märtyrer. Abbotsford, BC, 1949: I, 34-46.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 846. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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