With deep grief, but with hope in the coming resurrection, I write to share that our brother and senior pastor of the Bruderhof, Johann Christoph Arnold, passed away on this Holy Saturday after a months-long battle with cancer. Christoph served as a beloved pastor in our church community for forty-three years, including the eighteen years up to 2001 in which he led the Bruderhof as elder. Since then, he has carried on his ministry with his wife Verena, guiding and encouraging many within our church and around the world.
An internationally known peacemaker and trusted advocate for children and family, Christoph authored a dozen books, with over two million copies in print in more than twenty languages. His peacemaking efforts – whether with the Breaking the Cycle program he founded, or in his role as chaplain for the Ulster County Sheriff’s Department – brought him in contact with many. We are grateful for the support and prayers of Christoph and Verena’s many friends and co-workers.
Christoph leaves behind his wife Verena; seven of his eight children; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, including the five children of his late daughter Margrit. He will be missed greatly by the members of the Bruderhof around the world and by the thousands whom he inspired to a way of selfless service and dedication to Jesus through his words and example.
Warm Easter greetings,
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