Tiege Mennonite Brethren Church (Zagradovka Mennonite Settlement, Kherson Oblast, Ukraine)
Tiege Mennonite Brethren Church, of the Zagradovka Mennonite Settlement in Russia. Among the first settlers there were six families who belonged to the Mennonite Brethren (MB) Church, who in 1873 chose Jakob Richert as their first minister. Services were held in private homes until 1881, when a building in Altona was bought for this purpose. Membership grew rapidly; by 1885 there were 100 members. In 1888 a church was built in Tiege. In 1892 Richert moved away and Isaak Regehr became the leading minister. He retired in 1902. Johann Nikkel was then elected and ordained elder. From this date the church became an independent unit, having formerly been a branch of the Friedensfeld MB Church. In 1922 the Tiege church had 427 baptized members; two of their former members were missionaries in foreign fields: Mrs. Abraham Hübert in India and Heinrich Reimer in Kamerun (German Cameroon), Africa. In 1929 Elder Nikkel was arrested and starved to death in prison. The other ministers experienced a similar fate. The church building was taken over by the Soviets and converted into a club. All organized church life ceased to exist.
Friesen, Peter M. Die Alt-Evangelische Mennonitische Brüderschaft in Russland (1789-1910) im Rahmen der mennonitischen Gesamtgeschichte. Halbstadt: Verlagsgesellschaft "Raduga", 1911: 425-27, 462-64.
Lohrenz, G. Sagradowka. Rosthern, 1947: 79.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 721. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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