Thiessen, J.J. (Jacob Johann), 1893-1977

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Thiessen, J.J. (Jacob Johann), 1893-1977

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Jacob Johann Thiessen (1893-1977) was born in Klippenfeld, Molotschna Colony, Russia to Johan J. and Margaretha (Neufeld) Thiessen. He attended the Gnadenfeld Zentralschule and later studied in Halbstadt to become a teacher. From 1915 to 1917 he served as a conscientious objector, first in a Russian forestry camp and later with a road-building crew. In 1924 he served as co-chairman of the All-Ukrainian Mennonite Conference held in Kalinowo. In 1926 he came to Canada with his family. In 1927 he began working as a Reiseschuld (travel debt) collector. J.J. and Katherine, his wife, became members of the Rosenorter Mennonite Church at Rosthern, Saskatchewan in 1928. In 1930 he accepted duties with the General Conference Mennonite Church Mission Board as a part-time minister to Mennonites living in Saskatoon. This became full-time the following year. The Thiessens also founded the Saskatoon Maedchenheim (girl's home), a place created to meet the social and religious needs of young Mennonite women coming to work in the city. Thiessen was ordained as a Mennonite minister by Bishop David Toews in 1932 and as bishop in 1938. J.J. died in 1977 and his funeral was held in the First Mennonite Church in Saskatoon. For at least two decades he was the most prominent leader of the Conference of Mennonites in Canada. He had broad church involvements within his own denomination and also in the context of inter-denominational ventures.


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Thiessen, Katharine (Kornelson), 1893-1984 (1893-1984)

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Patkau, Esther. "Thiessen, Jacob Johann "J. J." (1893-1977)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. July 2011. Web. 31 Jan 2018.

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