David Mann

David Winfield Mann, 91, died Dec. 13, 2021, at Phoenix, Ariz. He was born April 30, 1930, to Cleo Aaron and Nellie Marie (Miller) Mann in Elkhart, Ind.


He accepted Christ when he was 9 years old and was baptized at Prairie Street Mennonite Church in Elkhart. In 1947-48, between his junior and senior years of high school, he spent 14 months in Belgium under Mennonite Central Committee, where his father was director of reconstruction following World War II.

After graduating from Goshen College in 1953 and Goshen Biblical Seminary in 1954, he married Mona M. Aeschliman on Oct. 10, 1954.

Their first year of marriage was spent in Hannibal, Mo., where he served a pastoral internship. In 1955 he was called to serve Albany Mennonite Church in Oregon, where he was pastor for 15 years. During this time he served in various capacities in Pacific Coast Mennonite Conference, the Oregon Mennonite Camping Association and on the overseas committee and board of directors of Mennonite Board of Missions. At Albany he was ordained to the ministry on July 8, 1956. On June 5, 1960, he was ordained as a bishop and served in this capacity with the Albany, Logsden, Lebanon, Eugene and Corvallis congregations.

In 1970 they moved back to Elkhart for two years while he continued his studies toward a master of divinity degree at Goshen Biblical Seminary. In 1972 he was called as pastor of Sunnyslope Mennonite Church in Phoenix, where he served for 20 years. Again he served in various leadership positions, including nine years as moderator in Southwest Mennonite Conference. He served on the Mennonite Church General Board for 14 years and as moderator of the Mennonite Church from 1991 to 1993. He was pastor at Hesston Mennonite Church in Kansas from 1992 to 1997.

On retiring to Phoenix in 1997, he and Mona became members of Trinity Mennonite Church in Glendale. They moved to Glencroft Retirement Community in June 2013.

Survivors include his wife, Mona; two sons and a daughter, David and Jeanne of San Diego, Calif., and Timothy (Lynne) of Phoenix; a sister, Dorothy Horst of Elkhart, Ind.;

three grandchildren and two step-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by twin sons, Stephen Kent and Thomas Brent, who died at birth in January 1961.


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