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Memorable Manitobans: John Herman Enns (1889-1974)


Born in southern Russia on 8 April 1889, he worked as a teacher and, in 1924, was ordained as a minister in the Mennonite faith. After the Russian Revolution, he emigrated with his family to Canada in 1925 and settled at Ste. Elizabeth. He served as minister to the Lichtenau Mennonite Church until 1933 when he moved to the First Mennonite Church in Winnipeg, which he served for 32 years as assistant minister and minister-in-charge. He retired in 1964.

He was involved in the founding of the Concordia Hospital, Bethania Personal Care Home, Elim Bible Institute, Canadian Mennonite Bible College, and Westgate Mennonite Collegiate. He served for many years on the Mennonite Board of Colonization, on the Greater Winnipeg Ministerial Association, and was a life member of the Canadian Bible Society. His contributions were recognized with an honorary doctorate from United College [now the University of Winnipeg] (1964), Medal of Service (1967), and the Order of Canada (1970).

He died at Winnipeg on 1 September 1974 and was buried in Brookside Cemetery.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 3 September 1974.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 April 2014

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