Romanovka Mennonite Church (Taraz, Zhambyl Province, Kazakhstan)

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Romanovka Mennonite Church, located near Aulie-Ata (now Taraz), Central Asia, was organized in 1884 under the leadership of Abraham Peters by a group who had left the Molotschna settlement in the Ukraine to meet Christ at His second coming in Central Asia. Most of the settlers of Aulie-Ata, which was founded in 1812, had come from the Molotschna. Peters was succeeded as leader by Johann Regehr. In 1905 Regehr was assisted by the following ministers: Hermann Epp, Franz Abrams, Gerhard Kopper, Hermann Wall, Kornelius Wall, and Jakob Hamm. At that time the total membership of the church was 406, of whom 196 were baptized. Before World War I some of the members came to America, settling in the Newton, Kansas, and Beatrice, Nebraska, areas. According to a report published in Unser Blatt (1925) the congregation was also known as the Köppental Mennonite Church, and had a membership of 197 in 1925. By that time the congregation had introduced baptism by immersion. In addition to this congregation there was at Aulie-Ata the Gnadental Mennonite Brethren Church and the Nikolaipol Free Church.


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Author(s) Cornelius Krahn
Date Published 1959

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Krahn, Cornelius. "Romanovka Mennonite Church (Taraz, Zhambyl Province, Kazakhstan)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 25 Sep 2018.,_Zhambyl_Province,_Kazakhstan)&oldid=143723.

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Krahn, Cornelius. (1959). Romanovka Mennonite Church (Taraz, Zhambyl Province, Kazakhstan). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 25 September 2018, from,_Zhambyl_Province,_Kazakhstan)&oldid=143723.


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