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Huebert, Gerhard D. (1906–1981)

Proper Title

Gerhard D. Huebert fonds

Dates of Creation

1886, predominantly 1929–1976

Physical Description

25 cm of textual material

Biographical Sketch

Gerhard D. Huebert, son of David and Helena Huebert, was born in Margenau, Molotschna, South Russia on April 18, 1906. He was baptized and joined the Alexandertal Mennonite Brethren Church when he was 16.

In 1926, Huebert came to Canada and settled near Sedalia, Alberta in 1927. Here he became the leader of a group of Mennonite families who affiliated with the Namaka Mennonite Brethren Church. Between 1929 and 1930, he studied at the Herbert Bible School, and from 1930 to 1933 at the Calgary Prophetic Bible Institute. In 1933 he married Katie Willms, and then began a five year stint as teacher at the Bethesda Bible School at Gem, Alberta. During this time he was active as the Chairman of the Alberta Western Children’s Mission and as a preacher in the surrounding area.

From 1938 to 1940, Huebert attended the Toronto Baptist Seminary and then taught at Bethany Bible Institute at Hepburn Saskatchewan for five years. He was both teacher and student at Tabor College in Hillsboro Kansas between 1945 and 1946, and at Northwestern Liberal Arts College and Seminary in Minneapolis from 1946 to 1948 where he received his doctorate in theology.

Huebert taught at the Mennonite Brethren Bible School in Winnipeg from 1948 to 1953 and at the Winkler Bible School from 1953 to 1959. From 1959 to 1969, he was the editor of the Mennonite Observer and assisted the editors of the Mennonitische Rundschau. From 1970 to 1974 Huebert was the pastor of the Central MB Church in Winnipeg, working actively in numerous church committees. During this time, he published his book, Botschafter an Christi Statt. Huebert also wrote Sunday School lessons for intermediate and adult classes.

In October 1980, the Hueberts moved to Donwood Manor. Huebert died on May 12 1981.

Custodial History

The Gerhard D. Huebert fonds came to Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies at various times. In January 1980, Gerhard Huebert donated various programs and papers relating to Mennonite Brethren Bible College and North and South End Churches, now part of this fonds. In April 1981, son Helmut Huebert donated two rare books, Paulischen Lehregriffes by Leonhard Usteri (1851) and The Rise and Growth of English Hymnody by Harvey B. Marks now in the J.A. Toews library. In October 1981, Helmut Huebert donated periodicals from the files of G.D. Huebert: 1 1/2 linear feet of the Mennonite Rundschau, Der Glaubenskampf (1927, 1929–1933), and Wort and Tat (1934 and 1936), now found in the periodical section. In May, 1982, Helmut Huebert donated editorials of G.D. Huebert as they appeared in the Mennonite Observer now in the G.D. Huebert fonds. In the spring of 1986, Helmut Huebert donated nine notebooks of his father’s sermons and other original papers, now in this fonds, as well as many copies of The Voice now located in the periodical section.

Scope and Content

The Gerhard David Huebert fonds consists of various papers written by Huebert during his student years, including his master’s thesis and his doctoral dissertation. In this fonds are sermons, teaching notes, and editorials created as a result of Huebert’s preaching, teaching, and work with Christian Press. Bibliographic materials and various conference programs are also part of this fonds.

Not in the fonds, but at Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies are the following printed materials by Huebert: “Our Concept of Biblical Eschatology” (1958), located in the study papers and essay collection 5-B-6; Botschafter an Christi Statt (no date), two copies in the J.A. Toews library; Brot des Lebens (1975), two copies in the J.A. Toews library; and a bound copy of “Mennonite Distinctiveness” Doctor of Theology dissertation submitted to Northwestern Seminary (1948), in the J.A. Toews library.


  • Volumes 974–975.
  • Title based on contents of fonds.
  • Accession numbers are 1980–10, 1981–30, 1981–69, 1982–56, 1986–21, and 1986–23.

File List

Volumes 974–975

  1. Bibliographic material (not by Huebert). – 1974.
  2. Photocopies of editorials by G.D. Huebert written while he was acting editor of the Mennonite Observer. – 1959–1961.
  3. G.D. Huebert’s sermons photocopied from the Mennonitische Rundschau. – 1973–1976.
    One letter written while he was pastor at the Central Mennonite Brethren Church. – 1973.
  4. Huebert’s teaching notes on Eschatology. – 1948–1959.
  5. Huebert’s term paper on “The Trinity.” – 1946.
  6. Huebert’s term paper on T.S. Kepler’s Contemporary Religious Thought. – Undated.
  7. Programs of various conferences. – 1948–1953.
    Program of the A.H. Unruhs’ 50th wedding anniversary where Huebert had the Festrede. – 1950.Huebert’s travel itinerary. – 1950–1952.
  8. Huebert’s term paper on “The Cardinal Doctrines of Liberalism.” – 1948.
  9. Huebert’s term paper on “What the Bible Teaches.” – 1947.
  10. Huebert’s term paper on “Story of Religion in America.” – 1948.
  11. Huebert’s term paper on “Prophecy.” – 1947.
  12. Huebert’s term paper “In Times of Peace and War.” – Undated.
  13. Huebert’s term paper on “Marriage in the Light of the Bible.” – 1946.
  14. Huebert’s term paper on “Anabaptist History.” – 1948.
  15. A scrapbook of conference reports by Huebert including photocopied pictures. – 1957–1971.
  16. Radio messages by G.D. Huebert. – 1932–1957.
  17. Scrapbook of photocopied documents from the life of G.D. Hubert collected by his son Arthur. – 1929–1979.
  18. Obituary of Huebert’s brother Johann D. Huebert, taken from Mennonitische Rundschau 29 June 1966.
  19. “Restoration through Fasting,” written by Derek Prince.
  20. Minister’s and Deacon’s Conference minutes, in which Huebert is mentioned. – 1953.A guide for Christian weddings set up by the Minister’s and Deacon’s Conference.
  21. G.D. Huebert’s articles in “The Voice.” – 1952–1953.
  22. A copy of Huebert’s doctoral dissertation, “Mennonite Distinctiveness.” – 1948.
  23. A copy of Huebert’s master’s dissertation, “Christology in the Gospel of Luke.” – 1947.
  24. Sermon notes, three English volumes, six German volumes, and loose notes. – Undated.
  25. Die Theologie des Neuen Testaments by J.J. Van Gosterzee. – 1886.
  26. Die Betrachtungen die Endzeit by J.G. Draewell. – 1929.
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