Regier, Peter (1851-1925)
Peter Regier: minister and elder; born 14 January 1851 in Kalteherberge, Prussia, the eldest of eight children of Peter Regier (1825-1897) and Maria (Wiebe) Regier (1831-1888). Peter married Anna Enss (23 April 1855, Beiershorst, Grosswerder, Prussia - 23 April 1914, Tiefengrund, Saskatchewan) on 16 December 1873 in Tiegenort, Prussia. Anna was the daughter of Johannes Enss (1830-1910) and Katherina (Unger) Enss (1825-1911). Peter and Anna had twelve children, with nine attaining adulthood: Anna, Maria, Eliese, Johannes, Cornelius, Arthur, Meta, Grete and Wanda. Peter died 11 April 1925 in Tiefengrund, Saskatchewan, where he was buried.
Peter was an estate holder in Rückenau, Prussia and was elected to the ministry of the Rosenorter Mennonite Church on 7 September 1879. He accepted the call on 18 June 1880. Peter received special exemption from armed duty and was able to serve in the army medical service. After the army he accepted election and was ordained as elder by his father of the Rosenorter Mennonite Church on 1 July 1888 (his father Peter was elder of the Fürstenwerder Mennonite Church).
Because the Mennonites of Prussia were gradually yielding their principle of nonresistance he and his family immigrated to Canada in 1893. After a stop at Gretna, Manitoba they settled at Tiefengrund, Saskatchewan in 1894, where he organized a new Rosenort Mennonite Church and became the founding elder. Other Mennonites from Prussia followed him, including his wife’s parents, and more congregations were organized as subsidiaries of the Rosenort Church. He served as elder until his retirement in 1922.
Rempel, J. G. Fünfzig Jahre Konferenzbestrebungen 1902-1952, 2 vols. Steinbach, MB, : I, 26-27.
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