Umbreit, Samuel John was born on February 22, 1871 in Manchester, Green Lake Company, Wisconsin, United States. Son of Henry E. and Sophia (Forsy) Umbreit.
Bachelor of Philosophy, North Central College, Naperville, Illinois, 1898, the Master of Philisophy, 1907. Doctor of Divinity, Theological Seminary of North Central College, 1916. Student of University of Chicago.
Entered ministry Evangelical Church, 1897. Pastor Berlin (Wisconsin) Circuit and Menominee Falls Circuit until 1905. Sent to Japan as missionary, 1905.
Superintendent Japan mission Evangelical Church, 1913-1926. Elected bishop, October 13, 1926. In charge work of Evangelical Church in Europe.
Author: From Darkness to Light (in the Japanese), 1921. Twenty Years Missionary in Japan, 1929. Editor Christian Movement (Tokio), 1922.
Home: Kaiser-Friedrich Str. 87, Berlin-Charlottenburg Germany‡.
Married Amanda Bauernfeind, of Nerstrand, Minnesota, June 29, 1899. Children: Kenneth Bernard, Lucile Burdella.