Unruh, Abrahma H., 1878-1961

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Unruh, Abrahma H., 1878-1961

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Abraham H. Unruh was born on April 5, 1878 at Timirbulat, Crimea, South Russia. He received his education in Russia and was granted a Th.B. by Tabor College and a D.D. degree by Bethel College, North Newton, Kansas. In Russia he taught in the public schools, high schools, and in Bible School. After coming to Canada, he was one of the founders of the Winkler Bible School (Pniel) in 1925. He was instructor and president at Pniel from 1925 to 1942. In 1943 the need for a denominational Bible college brought him to Winnipeg where he was the founder and first president of the Mennonite Brethren Bible College. He served on numerous Conference committees such as the Board of Education and the Board of Reference and Counsel for many years. From 1936 to 1939 he was chairman of the General Conference of the Mennonite Brethren Churches of North America. In addition to being an outstanding preacher and teacher, Unruh was also a writer. He wrote the Lektionsheft and other Sunday School materials for a number of years, wrote Bible expositions and articles for various periodicals and in 1954 he published Die Geschichte der Mennoniten Bruedergemeinde. Unruh has been referred to as a "spiritual statesman among his people." A.H. Unruh died in Chilliwack, B.C. on January 15, 1961 after he went into a diabetic shock and coma while he began a sermon in the Clearbrook MB Church on Friday, January 6. -Some information is taken from "We remember Abram H. Unruh (1877-1964)" by J.W. Redekopp and J.H. Quiring. Canadian Mennonite, Centennial Issue, 13 June 1967.

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