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Church of the Brethren members

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  • Rev. Daniel Garber (1769 - d.)
    The Oldest Continuously Used Brethren Meetinghouse in Virginia garbersdlThe Cooks Creek Church of the Brethren congregation, whose first church building location was Garber’s Church, is the “mother chu...
  • Rufus Ellsworth Smith (1881 - 1950)
    RUFUS E. SMITH, 69, died at 10:30 o'clock Thursday at his home near Buena Vista, Waynesboro, R. 4. He had been in failing health for the last five years and confined to his room since October. He was ...
  • Rev Berzy Blondell Ludwick (1877 - 1964)
    Photo added by cricketfrom obit: "he served as a pastor of Brethren churches for over 50 years."Married 3 times.Wife: Lulu C. Ludwick 1877–1940 (m. 1903)Wife: Ethel Thomas Ludwick 1888–1954Wife: Eva Ma...
  • Anna Catarina Leslie (1685 - 1747)
    Anna or Anna Catarina Lässle was born in Germany in September 1685, parents unknown; she married Stephen Lässle about 1710 or 1711; she came to America on the ship Allen which arrived in Philadelphia, ...
  • Peter Leslie Sr. (1680 - 1734)
    Peter Lässle was christened on February 22, 1680 Esslingener Landkreis, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, a son of Stephen and Anna Lässle; he married a woman by the name of Anna or Anna Catarina, Carnes. He...

The Church of the Brethren is a Christian denomination with origins in the Schwarzenau Brethren (German: Schwarzenauer Neutäufer 'Schwarzenau New Baptists') that was organized in 1708 by Alexander Mack in Schwarzenau, Germany. The Brethren movement began as a melding of Radical Pietist and Anabaptist ideas during the Protestant Reformation. The first of its churches in the United States was established in 1723. These church bodies became commonly known as "Dunkers," and more formally as German Baptist Brethren. The denomination holds the New Testament as its only creed. Historically the church has taken a strong stance for non-resistance or pacifism. It is one of the three historic peace churches, the other two being the Mennonites and the Quakers. Distinctive practices include believers baptism by trine immersion; a threefold love feast consisting of feet washing, a fellowship meal, and communion; anointing for healing; and the holy kiss.