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Abram Gerhard Konrad

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Abe had a strong faith in God and desire to lead his family and church in serving Jesus. He grew up on a dairy farm in Matsqui, B.C. Abe served as teacher and administrator from elementary through post-secondary levels. Academic dean at Tabor College, Kansas, and professor in educational administration at University of Alberta, he passionately advocated for and guided many students. He also travelled to build up colleges and universities in England, China, Paraguay, and Thailand. Abe dedicated his talents and resources to supporting Christian education, finding joy in serving the boards of MB Bible College, Canadian Mennonite University, MB Biblical Seminary, and Prairie Bible Institute. Abe deeply loved the church, and often preached and led at Lendrum Mennonite Church and in the wider church, as Canadian MB conference moderator and Alberta MB conference minister. His ministry of visitation encouraged countless congregations and individuals. Abe’s bass voice and hearty “Amen” blessed all who heard them. Abe was a loving provider and an example of prayer and faithfulness for his family. He loved travelling with them, especially to mountains and oceans, creating many special memories. In his final years, Abe’s life drew his family closer to each other and to God. His deep faith enabled him to endure Alzheimer’s disease with grace and fortitude, sure of his hope of heaven and his Saviour’s nearness. Abe’s life was a testimony to God’s mercy and love; his memory as a man of faith, family, and service will be cherished.


  • Birth: March 26, 1932
  • Birthplace:
    Gnadenthal, Man.
  • Death: November 7, 2018
  • Parents:
    Gerhard & Maria (Lepp) Konrad
  • Married:
    Lydia Rempel, Aug. 19, 1961
  • Family:
    Lydia; children Heather Prior (Dean), Rosanne, Jonathan (Lynda); 8 grandchildren; 5 siblings
  • Church:
    Lendrum Mennonite, Edmonton
  • Baptism:
    Matsqui (B.C.) MB