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Wiebe, Orlando Henry (1919–1971)

Proper Title

Orlando Henry Wiebe fonds

Dates of Creation


Physical Description

0.1 cm. of textual material

Biographical Sketch

Orlando H. Wiebe, minister and professor, was born in Langham, Saskatchewan on July 3, 1919. He was the son of Henry P. Wiebe (b. 13 May 1894, Federovka, Naumenko, South Russia) and Anna Schultz (b. 18 Oct. 1898, Mountain Lake, Minnesota). On August 29, 1942, he married Laura Lily Klassen (b. 23 Sept. 1920, Mountain Lake, Minnesota). Five children were born to their family: Joyce Aileen (b. 22 Apr. 1949), Wayne Lowell (b. 25 Feb. 1951), Wendell John (b. 7 June 1953), Charis Ann (b. 19 June 1958), and Laura Beth (b. 29 Sept. 1959). Orlando passed away on May 5, 1971, in Fresno, California. He was 51 years of age.

His high school education was completed at Dalmeny, Saskatchewan. He attended Normal School in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas. He received a B.D. degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Iowa.

Orlando taught at a series of schools, including: a school in Mountain Lake, Minnesota; Meade Bible Academy, Meade, Kansas; Tabor Bible School, Dalmeny, Saskatchewan; Grace Bible Institute, Omaha, Nebraska; Tabor College; and Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary in Fresno, California (1968-1971).

He served in several pastoral ministry locations, often concurrently with his teaching assignments. The churches where he served include: Evangelical Mennonite Church (Meade, KS), Your Neighborhood Chapel (Pasadena, CA), Evangelical Mennonite Brethren Church (Dalmeny, SK), Grace Fellowship Chapel (Omaha, NE), Mennonite Church (Donnelson, IA), Parkview Mennonite Brethren (Hillsboro, KS), Bethany Mennonite Brethren (Fresno, CA), and Calvary Baptist Church (Dinuba, CA).

See obituary of Orlando H. Wiebe in The Christian Leader 34/12 (29 June 1971): 15.

Custodial History

In July 2012, when the Rueben R. Baerg fonds were being described, the document entitled “Christian Education Day” was found among Baerg’s papers.

Scope and Content

The Orlando H. Wiebe collection consists of one, 13-page typed manuscript, written by Orlando Wiebe, while he was associated with Tabor College. The manuscript appears to be the text of a presentation, perhaps a key note address, given at an event promoting Christian Education in the 1960s. This collection documents the assumptions, motivation, and vision that Prof. Wiebe had for Christian education among Mennonite Brethren of his time.


  • Title based on contents of fonds.
  • Accession numbers: 2009-43.
  • Volume No.: 1346.
  • Finding aid consists of a description and a file list.
  • Description created by Jon Isaak, September 2012.
  • No restrictions to access.
  • Language: English.

File List

Volume 1346

1. Orlando H. Wiebe (1919-1971); "Christian Education Day"; a key-note address. -- [196-].

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