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Warkentin, Johann (1859–1948)

Proper Title

Johann Warkentin fonds

Dates of Creation

1858–1913, 1978

Physical Description

33 cm textual and printed material

Biographical Sketch

Johann Warkentin, the son of Jakob Warkentin and Helena Dyck Warkentin was born in Nieder-Chortitza, South Russia. He immigrated to Winkler, Manitoba in 1879 and married Sara Loewen (1860–1930) in 1881. Warkentin taught school for eight years. He was the teacher at Hoffnungsfeld, Manitoba when Elder Heinrich H. Voth and David Dyck first came from the United States as itinerating ministers. Warkentin was baptized and joined the MB Church in 1890. He soon became an active Sunday-school worker and director in singing. The Winkler MB Church elected him to the ministry and ordained him in 1895. In 1906 he was entrusted with the pastoral leadership of the church, a work he fulfilled until 1930. In addition he also frequently ministered in surrounding churches. Warkentin was active in the MB Conference, serving for some time on the Board of Directors for Foreign Missions. His daughter Helen became a missionary to India. After the death of his first wife, he married Elizabeth Hooge Dyck. He died at his home at Winkler on May 18, 1948, and was buried in the local MB cemetary.
Taken from the Mennonite Encyclopedia and from information by Bill Schroeder.

Custodial History

Sermon notes in this fonds were donated by Tien Warkentin (daughter) of Winkler on October 14, 1979 and July 2006. Books from Warkentin’s library were donated by Esther Enns and Sara Klippenstein in 1983.

Scope and Content

The Johann Warkentin fonds consists of descriptions of the founding of the Mennonite Brethren Church in Manitoba by Warkentin. The fonds also contains many books that could help understand what kinds of Christian literature early Mennonite Brethren leaders were reading.


  • Volumes 1116–1117.
  • Finding aid consists of file list.
  • Accession numbers: 1979–3, 1983–16, 1983–17, 2006-19.
  • No restrictions on access.

File List

Volume 116 Date
1. List of private collections of books from J. Warkentin’s library, now located in the J.A. Toews library.
2. Notes about the founding of the MB Church in Manitoba by Johann Warkentin in German Gothic script. Undated
3. Two record books “notizbuch” of sermon outlines. 1911
4. Daily devotional readings. Undated
5. Exercise book containing notes of sermons preached by others, and other notes in the German Gothic script. 1893
6. Article: “By reason of Strength: Johann Warkentin; 1859–1948,” by Peter Penner. 1978
Article: “Die Entstehung der MB Gemeinde in Manitoba: Aufzeichnungen von Johann Warkentin.” Undated
7. Sermon notes. 1901-[19-]
8. Book: Blaetter vom Lebensbaum by C. Fuellbrandt. 1905
9. Book: Walks in Canaan by John Ashworth. 1877
10. Book: The Miracles of Missions by Arthur T. Pierson. 1895
11. Book: Predigtentwuerfe, by G.R. Florey. 1858
12. Book: Lawton Souvenir Views Compiled and Published by Joe B. Baker & Bro. Indian Curios, Lawton Oklahoma, USA. 1907
Volume 1117 Date
1. Book: Israel, Meine Herrlichkeit, by Johannes Wilkinson. 1904
2. Book: Daniel und die Offenbarung, by Uriah Smith. 1890
3. Book: Das Neue Heilverfahren, by F.E. Bilz. 1893
4. Two copies of the book: Geschichte der Pflanzung und Leitung der christlichen Kirche durch die Apostel, by August Neander. 1862
5. Missions-Kalender published at Hermannsburg. 1913
6. Book: Grundrisz der deutschen Grammatik by Wetzel. 1904
7. Book: Geschichte des Abfalls der vereinigten Niederlande, by Friedrich von Schiller. Given to Tien Warkentin in 1913. 1913
8. Book: Schatzkaestchen enthaltend biblische Betrachtungen, by Johannes Goszner. 1849
9. Book: Der uralte katholische Glaube, by Johannes Goszner. Undated
10. Book: The Doctrine and Discipline of the Holiness Movement, published by the Holiness Movement Publishing House. 1907
11. Book: Heilsordnung by Richter. Undated
12. Book: Das Fernrohr, no author given. Undated
13. Book: Sklaven oder Sieger by Ernst Modersohn. Undated
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