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Bishop Clayton Freed Derstine

Bishop Clayton Freed Derstine

Male 1891 - 1967  (76 years)

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  • Name Clayton Freed Derstine 
    Prefix Bishop 
    Born 17 Aug 1891  Souderton, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1927  22 Cameron St. S., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    School Jul 1935  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Summer Bible School 
    Summer Bible School Kitchener July 1935
    Summer Bible School Kitchener July 1935
    Residence 1957  RR3, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1959  1102 Victoria St. N., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 31 Aug 1967  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Cause: heart attack 
    Hall of Fame - Waterloo Region Bef 2012  , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-22548 
    Buried First Mennonite Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Person ID I22548  Generations
    Last Modified 12 Jun 2019 

    Family 1 Mary Elizabeth Kolb,   b. 11 Aug 1901, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Mar 1971, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Married 5 Jul 1927  [3
    Children 
     1. John R. Derstine
     2. Margaret Derstine
     3. Clayton Kolb Derstine,   b. 1928,   d. 21 Mar 2008, Toronto, York Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
    Last Modified 14 Jun 2019 
    Family ID F7626  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Gertrude B. Haney,   b. 21 Mar 1885, Silverdale, Bucks, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 May 1926, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years) 
    Married 21 Aug 1912  [5
    Children 
     1. Esther H. Derstine,   b. 1913, Souderton, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jan 1975, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
    Last Modified 14 Jun 2019 
    Family ID F7627  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 17 Aug 1891 - Souderton, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1927 - 22 Cameron St. S., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsSchool - Summer Bible School - Jul 1935 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1957 - RR3, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1959 - 1102 Victoria St. N., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: heart attack - 31 Aug 1967 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHall of Fame - Waterloo Region - Bef 2012 - , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - First Mennonite Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Bishop Clayton F. Derstine
    Bishop Clayton F. Derstine

  • Notes 
    • Derstine - Clayton F., son of Mr. and Mrs. Mahlon Derstine, was born at Souderton, Pa., Aug. 17, 1891; died at his home in Kitchener, Ont., of a severe coronary attack, Aug. 31, 1967; aged 76 y. 14 d. He was an ordained minister for 54 years, serving at Altoona, Pa., and Eureka, Ill., before going to Kitchener. He was predeceased by his first wife (Gertrude B. Haney), May 23, 1926. On July 5, 1927, he was married to Mary E. Kolb, who survives. Also surviving are 2 sons (John R. and Clayton K.), 5 daughters (Mrs. Esther H. Smith, Ruth-Mrs. George Hostetter, Margaret-Mrs. Robert Becker, Grace-Mrs. Paul Brunner, and Eyvonne-Mrs. Lawrence Harries), 2 brothers (Clarence and Lloyd), and 10 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother and one sister. Funeral services were held at the First Mennonite Church, Sept. 3, with J. B. Martin, A. J. Metzler, and Robert N.Johnson officiating.


      Obituary - Gospel Herald, October 3, 1967

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      Clayton F. Derstine, a Bishop in the Illinois Conference of the Mennonite Church, was the youngest Bishop in America. He came to the First Mennonite Church, Kitchener, in 1924, where he demonstrated spiritual integrity and wisdom for more than forty years. He was Bishop in the Ontario Conference from 1925. He was internationally known as an evangelist, teacher, writer and lecturer.

      Bishop Derstine was an instructor in the Ontario Mennonite Bible School; taught public speaking at Waterloo College; was editor of the Christian Monitor for twenty-five years; compiled a book of 300 hymns and meditations and wrote fifteen books. He started the first Community Bible School in Canada; launched and served the Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship; and was Chairman of the Board of the House of Friendship for twenty-five years. His work took him through Canada and to forty-five states of the USA. He had the privilege of preaching to and serving three generations of the Mennonite Church.


      Waterloo Region Hall of Fame

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      Clayton Freed Derstine, born 17 August 1891, died 31 August 1967, was the son of Mahlon and Mary (Freed) Derstine of Souderton, Pennsylvania. Following his conversion in 1911, "C.F." Derstine joined the Souderton Mennonite congregation. His zeal in organizing cottage meetings for Bible study and young peoples' Bible meetings launched him on a lifelong mission of evangelism and teaching throughout the Mennonite Church (MC) and beyond.

      Derstine was ordained a minister in 1914. He and his first wife, Gertrude Hangey (m. 1912), served at the Mennonite Mission in Altoona, Pennsylvania, 1913-1915. Within 13 months of his ordination, C. F. preached 520 sermons, as he accepted invitations from congregations in various states to conduct evangelistic services. He served as pastor of the Roanoke Mennonite Church at Eureka , Illinois , 1915-1924. He was ordained a bishop in 1921. Derstine moved with his family to Ontario in 1924 in response to a call from First Mennonite Church, Kitchener, where a division had splintered the congregation. During his pastorate (1924-1964), membership quadrupled. Derstine continued his evangelistic itineraries throughout Canada and the United States. His pulpit ministry stood as the focal point of his contribution to the church. After the death of his first wife, he married Mary Kolb in 1927.

      His assignments in the Mennonite Conference of Ontario (Mennonite Church) included: conference executive committee (1925, 1930-33, 1936-30); bishop of the Toronto Mission (1938-1944) and of the Central District (1961-1966); Mennonite Mutual Benefit Association board (1944-1947); Colonization Committee (1953-1955); and the Ontario Mennonite Bible School faculty (1929-1948). He served the Mennonite Church (MC) general conference as associate member on the Relief Committee (1944-1946) and as editor of the Christian Monitor (1923-29; editor of the "World News" section until 1953).

      His ministry in the community included founding a Summer Vacation Bible School for children, the first to be held in any denomination in Canada. With the support of community churches and the city of Kitchener, he founded the Kitchener House of Friendship, a ministry for the homeless.3a

      3aBergey, Lorna L. "Derstine, Clayton Freed (1891-1967)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1990. Web. 25 February 2011. https://www.gameo.org/encyclopedia/contents/D477ME.html.

  • Sources 
    1. [S8] News - Gospel Herald, October 3, 1967 - Clayton K. Derstein.

    2. [S47] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - First Mennonite CC#4507 Internet link First Mennonite Cemetery online.
      Derstine / Bishop Clayton F. Derstine / 1891-1967 / Minister & Evangelist for 53 years / beloved Paster / First Mennonite Church 1924 to 1967 / his beloved wife / Mary Elizabeth Kolb / 1902-1971 / alive in His presence

    3. [S8] News - Gospel Herald, April 6, 1971 - Obituary of Mary Elizabeth Kolb.

    4. [S220] Waterloo Region Hall of Fame Waterloo Region Hall of Fame.

    5. [S8] News - Gospel Herald, June 10, 1926 - Obituary of Gertrude B. Haney.