Johann Harder, a Mennonite elder in the Molotschna, South Russia, was born 18 September 1811, in the Blumstein settlement, Halbstadt district, and died on 10 September 1875. He was ordained as minister of the Ohrloff-Halbstadt congregation in 1855 and as elder in 1860 to replace Bernhard Fast, who had retired. He was characterized by great talents, gentleness, and kindness. The beginning of his service coincided with the rise of the Mennonite Brethren. In their struggle for recognition he was conciliatory, and to him belongs the credit for the peaceful outcome of the separation. Many of his letters regarding this matter were published in the Mennonitische Blätter (February 1863, pp. 13-16), by Isaak, P. M. Friesen, and others. Some of his unpublished letters have been preserved in America. He served as elder for 15 years, and died at the age of 64 with the affectionate regard of both the Mennonite Church and the Mennonite Brethren.
Friesen, Peter M. Die Alt-Evangelische Mennonitische Brüderschaft in Russland (1789-1910) im Rahmen der mennonitischen Gesamtgeschichte. Halbstadt: Verlagsgesellschaft "Raduga", 1911: 195, 198, 200, 212-14.
Hege, Christian and Neff, Christian. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: v. II, 254 f.
Isaak, Franz. Die Molotschnaer Mennoniten. Halbstadt, 1908.
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