Weaver, John W. (1870-1944)
John W. Weaver: Lancaster Mennonite Conference church worker; was b. 4 July 1870, the ninth of the eleven children of Isaac Weaver and Catherine Witwer, east of Union Grove, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Bishop Benjamin Weaver was a brother. He was reared in a godly home, was well acquainted with the Bible, and able to quote much from it as a young man. He was very modest. His home was not affected by the division of 1893, even though he had been baptized by Jonas Martin in 1888. On 15 November 1891, he married Anna M. Nolt (1868-1946). He became a saddler in Union Grove and in 1895 started a bookstore. In 1897 he became a member of the Mennonite Book and Tract Society and two years later secretary-treasurer. In 1915 he was coauthor of a book on the ministry and in 1940 of Talks with Young People. He also wrote the tracts, A Letter to Young Church Members and A Message to Young People. His greatest work was the Conference Meeting Calendar, which he published for forty years. John W. Weaver's son David was also a minister. John W. Weaver, the first chairman of the Conference Library Committee, the first Sunday-school superintendent at Lichty in 1897, a member of the Weaverland Missions Committee in 1907, was ordained to the ministry by his brother Benjamin on 19 August 1909. That fall he held revival meetings at Red Well. He was a promoter of the Millersville Children's Home, a charter member of the Eastern Board of Missions and Charities, and became its first field worker. As such he nurtured many new missions, especially Diamond Rock and Miners Village. He was a very successful evangelist throughout the Lancaster Mennonite Conference and beyond. His extensive evangelistic effort practically closed in 1926, when he collapsed in the pulpit at East Petersburg. John d. 18 February 1944.
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