Herr, Christian (1780-1853)
Christian Herr (born 31 October 1780, died 23 June 1853) was a bishop of the Lancaster Mennonite Conference. On 8 April 1800 he was married to Anna Forrer (1783-1831), by Peter Eby, and became his successor as bishop. He was by vocation a farmer along the Beaver Valley Pike, living on the original Herr tract in Lancaster County. He served as a deacon, minister, and bishop for a combined period of 30 years, in the Brick, Strasburg-New Providence charge. He was unusually gifted and influential in both church and community, interested in the education of youth, perhaps not eloquent, but a contender for the faith both by tongue and pen. A collection of German hymns of his production was published. He contributed a brief sketch, "History of the Mennonites," to I. D. Rupp's History of the Religious Denominations (Philadelphia, 1844). His family of eight children included Benjamin Herr, a bishop, and Amos Herr, a preacher.
Funk, John F. A Biographical Sketch of Bishop Christian Herr, Also a Collection of Hymns Written by Him in the German Language. Elkhart, 1887.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 712. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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