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Clergyman , educator

John Ellsworth Hartzler, American clergyman, educator. Member Oriental Research; member Mennonite History Society Mennonite elder.; Rotarian since 1920.


Hartzler, John Ellsworth was born on February 2, 1879 in Ligonier, Indiana, United States. Son of Joseph Z. and Mary (Byler) Hartzler.


Bachelor of Arts, Goshen (Indiana) College, 1909. Student McCormick Theological Seminary. Bachelor of Divinity, Union Theological Seminary, 1910.

A.M., University of Chicago, 1919. Bachelor of Laws, Hamilton College of Law, Chicago, 1923. Doctor of Philosophy., Hartford Theological Seminary, 1924.


Ordained Mennonite ministry, 1904. Minister Bethel Mennonite Church, Garden City, Missoury, 1904-1910, Prairie St. Mennonite Church, Elkhart, Indiana, 1910-1913. Professor Bible, Goshen College, 1910-1913, president, 1913-1918.

Professor ethics and religion Bethel College, Newton, Kansas, 1918-1920, president, 1918-1920. President, professor philosophy and theology Witmarsum Theological Seminary, Bluffton, O., 1921-1931. Visiting professor American U., Beirut, Syria and Near East School of Theological, 1931-1932, 1934-1935.

Lecturer philosophy and Christian doctrine, Hartford (Connecticut) Theological Seminary, 1936-1947. Director Orrville Milk Condensing corporation since 1918. Visiting professor philosophy and religion Bethel College, 1948-1949.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Jacob’s Ladder, 1907. Paths to Perdition, 1910. Education Among the Mennonites of America, 1925.Voices from Bible Lands, 1935. The Supremacy of Christianity, 1946.


Member Oriental Research. Member Mennonite History Society Mennonite elder. Rotarian since 1920.


Married Mamie M. Yoder, October 5, 1910.; married second, Myra Weaver, August 8, 1957. Children: John Elwood, Helen Charlene.

Joseph Z. Hartzler

Mary (Byler) Hartzler

Mamie M. Yoder

Myra Weaver

John Elwood Hartzler

Helen Charlene Hartzler