Warkentin, Jacob (1786-1852)
Jacob (Jakob) Warkentin: elected minister of the Orloff-Petershagen Mennonite Church, Molotschna Mennonite settlement, South Russia in 1817, and became elder of the Lichtenau-Petershagen congregation in 1824; born 5 March 1786 in Prussia to Johann Warkentin (b. 1750). Jacob Warkentin died in May 1852.
Warkentin became elder of the Lichtenau-Petershagen congregation when a group separated under his leadership in 1824. Bernhard Fast was the more progressive elder of the smaller remaining Ohrloff congregation. The controversy about this division has been related in the articles under the respective churches. Warkentin was extremely conservative and objected to higher education, to supporting Bible societies, and to sitting around the table at the Lord's Supper. Later Warkentin encountered difficulties with the progressive Johann Cornies, and the Fürsorgekomitee forced him to resign from his office in 1842. The large congregation was now broken up. Heinrich Wiens became elder of the Margenau-Schönsee Church, Dirk Warkentin became elder of the Lichtenau-Petershagen Church, and Heinrich Töws elder of the Pordenau Church.
Friesen, Peter M. Die Alt-Evangelische Mennonitische Brüderschaft in Russland (1789-1910) im Rahmen der mennonitischen Gesamtgeschichte. Halbstadt: Verlagsgesellschaft "Raduga", 1911: 113, 119, 704
Görz, Heinrich. Die Molotschnaer Ansiedlung. Steinbach, 1951: 58 ff.
Schapansky, Henry. The Mennonite Migrations (and The Old Colony, Russia). New Westminster, BC: Henry Schapansky, 2006: 257.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 889. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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