Our Founder

Our Founder

Rev. Nathaniel Bertolet Grubb, born in Frederick, Pennsylvania in 1850 had limitless energy and strong conviction. Pastor of the large First Mennonite Church, Philadelphia, he was a popular preacher throughout the Eastern District Conference of the General Conference Mennonite Church up to at least his 86th year. (He preached over 7,000 sermons.)

A man of action, Grubb obviously moved quickly when there was human need, but he also was a man of prayer and contemplation. He was described by a friend this way: “In him is no evasion, but practical Christianity of kind words and deeds, an unselfish and upright life.”

Some of his accomplishments as an innovative leader and organizer include:

  • Christian Endeavor
  • Young People’s Convention
  • President Eastern District Conference
  • English secretary Eastern District Conference
  • Founder and Editor The Mennonite
  • Founded Mennonite Home for the Aged
  • Ordained Ann Allebach in 1911
  • Commissioned Annie Funk to India
  • Member Publication Board General Conference Mennonite Church
  • Founded and edited the Schwenksville Item Newspaper