Huebert, Abraham (Abram) A. (1884-1965)
Abraham A. Huebert: minister, choir director and evangelist, was born 23 April 1884 in Friedensruh, South Russia. His parents were Abraham Huebert and Anna (Esau) Huebert. He attended the village school and took two years of training at the Gnadenfeld Zentralschule. His father operated a blacksmith shop and farm and Huebert assisted him. He also loved singing, conducted choirs, and wrote poetry. He married Anna Bergen (31 October 1883-4 December 1975) on 6 June 1907 and in the following years they had five daughters and one son. He was conscripted into forestry service between 1915-1918.
During the 1923 revival in his community, Huebert committed himself to fully serve Christ. He was ordained to the ministry on 27 May 1927 in the Lichtfelde Mennonite Brethren Church, Molotschna. He frequently visited neighboring Russian villages with the choir that he conducted to present the Gospel in song and word. This brought him to the unfavourable attention of the governing authorities. The Huebert family emigrated from the Soviet Union in 1929 and, after a four month stay in Germany, immigrated to Canada in April 1930, settling in Leamington, Ontario. He worked in agriculture and in the local Heinz factory for many years.
Huebert was a leader in the Leamington Mennonite Brethren Church from the time that it was established in 1932, leading the choir and preaching. During the next three decades he also served Mennonite Brethren congregations from Ontario to British Columbia as a guest German preacher. But the ministry that was his primary passion during those years was to Russian and Ukrainian communities in the United States and Canada. In the USA these were in Detroit, New York, and Pittsburgh. In Canada his Russian ministry took him to dozens of major cities (e.g. Montreal, Toronto, Hamilton, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Edmonton) and small towns (e.g. Benito, Blaine Lake, Kirkland Lake, Oshawa, Vernon) from Quebec to British Columbia.
Abraham Huebert died on 2 September 1965 in Leamington, Ontario.
"Abraham Huebert." Mennonite Brethren Herald 4, no. 35 (1 October 1965): 18.
“Prediger Abraham Huebert.” Die Mennonitische Rundschau (22 September 1965): 1, 8.
A collection of Huebert’s sermons and a few personal papers (correspondence and poetry) is deposited at the Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies, Winnipeg, Canada. The collection title is: Abraham A. Huebert (1884-1965) fonds. The reference code is: CA CMBS BF508; Microfilm: R15, pp. 841-1155; R47, pp. 960-1248. These papers were donated by his daughter, Anna Thiessen, in March 1988 and May 1994. Some of the items in the collection were transliterated by Anna Thiessen. https://cmbs.mennonitebrethren.ca/personal_papers/huebert-abram-a-1884-1965/
Additional material related to Huebert’s life has been preserved and organized by Tiessen family members and is in their custody.
|Author(s)||James N Pankratz|
|Date Published||January 2019|
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