Born in St. Agatha, Ontario, he and his wife, Ada Ramseyer Litwiller, studied at Bethany Bible Training School (Church of the Brethren) in Chicago (1919-24), followed by a year at Goshen College where Nelson received Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Divinity degrees. He was ordained in 1925 at College Mennonite Church in Goshen by Bishop David A. Yoder.
Nelson and Ada served with Mennonite Board of Missions (MC), Elkhart, Indiana, in Argentina for 31 years (1925-56). He was named bishop in 1947. In Montevideo, Uruguay, he became founding president of Seminario Evangélico Menonita de Teología (1956-67), serving additionally as mission field secretary for all of Latin America.
In 1968 the Litwillers moved to Goshen, Indiana. In 1970, at a point of deep searching, Nelson experienced the baptism of the Holy Spirit in a Roman Catholic charismatic prayer meeting at nearby South Bend, Indiana. For the rest of his lifetime, expressed as "revitalized retirement," he promoted unity within the body of Christ, serving as a bridge between traditional church leaders and those in charismatic circles. In 1975 he helped start Mennonite Renewal Services (MRS), the charismatic arm of the Mennonite church.
Springer, Nelson and A. J. Klassen, compilers. Mennonite Bibliography, 1631-1961, vol. 2. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1977: 474.
|Author(s)||John M Bender|
 Cite This Article
Bender, John M. "Litwiller, Nelson (1898-1986)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1990. Web. 18 Jan 2017. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Litwiller,_Nelson_(1898-1986)&oldid=92453.
Bender, John M. (1990). Litwiller, Nelson (1898-1986). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 18 January 2017, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Litwiller,_Nelson_(1898-1986)&oldid=92453.
©1996-2017 by the Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. All rights reserved.