Köhn, Peter (b. ca. 1873)
Peter Köhn, a Mennonite minister, was born at Waldheim near Gnadenfeld in the Molotschna settlement in the Ukraine, Russia. He was educated at St. Chrischona in Basel, Switzerland. About 1903, at the age of about 30, he was called as minister to the new Mennonite Brethren congregation at Alexandertal, in the province of Samara (later called Kuibyshev), which had a meetinghouse in Mariental, to help the congregation over some difficulties. Peter Köhn soon saw that it could not survive as a Mennonite Brethren congregation, and therefore tried to make an Allianz-Gemeinde of it. In this change the principle of rebaptism was sacrificed, so that members of the Mennonite Church could join it. Köhn was a highly esteemed preacher, and was invited to preach in many Mennonite churches. Since the small Mennonite Brethren congregation was unable to support him, he returned to Waldheim after four years of fruitful service. Nothing is known of his further life, except that in 1936 he wrote a letter to Bernhard Harder in Germany, requesting an artificial leg to replace one he had lost in an accident.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 213. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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