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Abe C. Klassen

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Klassen,-AbeYoung Abe was responsible for staying at the train station to decide whether it was safe to escape to Germany. He accepted Jesus while bombs fell on Leipzig, Germany. The family immigrated to Paraguay. His family moved to Canada to honour Abe’s call to pastoral ministry. Without prior English, Abe worked tenaciously to earn his high school diploma. While attending MB Bible College, Winnipeg, he met Alvina, who shared the same call. He earned a BA from Wilfred Laurier University, Ont., and taught high school history for 5 years. In 1969, Abe and Alvina helped plant an MB church in Prince Albert, Sask. After 17 years pastoring West Portal, Saskatoon, Abe and Alvina led Elmwood MB in Winnipeg for 8 years. They ended their formal ministry at Forest Grove, Saskatoon, in the care ministry. Abe’s passion was developing leaders; he mentored 35 interns. Abe was a servant of God, an adoring husband, a loving father, a passionate leader.

  • Birth: February 1, 1936
  • Birthplace:
    Kronsthal, Chortitza, Russia
  • Death: June 11, 2015
  • Parents:
    Abram A. & Anna (Pauls) Klassen
  • Married:
    Alvina L. Thiessen, July 28, 1962
  • Family:
    Alvina; children Florianne (Phil), Ryan; 5 grandchildren
  • Church:
    Prince Albert (Sask.) MB; West Portal, Saskatoon; Elmwood MB, Winnipeg; Forest Grove, Saskatoon
  • Baptism:
    Gnadenthal, Paraguay, Mar. 5, 1950