Yoder, Abner G. (1879-1942)
Abner G. Yoder, a Mennonite (Mennonite Church [MC]) bishop and leader, was born 4 October 1879, in Johnson County, Iowa, the oldest son of Bishop (Conservative Amish) Gideon A. and Mattie (Miller) Yoder. His ancestors emigrated from Switzerland in 1742 and settled in Berks County, Pennsylvania. On 4 December 1902 he married Mary G. Gingerich. There were four children: Edwin, Oren, and Katie of Parnell, Iowa, and Gideon of Hesston, Kansas. In his early twenties he became a member of the West Union congregation. In 1906 he became the first superintendent of the Daytonville Mission Sunday school.
On 2 May 1909 he was ordained to the office of deacon and commissioned to preach in the West Union congregation. On 21 December 1924 he was chosen bishop, continuing in office until death. He served in the church in many different channels. In addition to local service he took an active part in evangelistic work. For many years he was chairman of the board of the Mennonite Children's Home at Kansas City, Kansas, and treasurer of the General Sunday School Committee. He also served on various boards and committees. In 1937 he preached the General Conference sermon at Turner, Oregon, and in 1939 served as moderator of General Conference at Allensville, Pennsylvania. At the time of his death he was moderator of the Iowa-Nebraska Mennonite Conference as well as a member of the General Problems Committee of General Conference (MC). He died 6 July 1942.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 1005. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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