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Alan F. Kreider

November 8, 1941 ~ May 8, 2017 (age 75) 75 Years Old
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Message from Dean Lehrke
February 19, 2018 5:27 PM

I wish I knew Alan before he passed away. Unfortunately I only learned about him and his life work recently. I especially would like to continue his legacy in the history of the early Swiss Brethren in the years 1524 to 1564. I would like to get into contact with anyone interested in learning the songs of the Ausbund hymnal of 1535-40 and sing these same songs at Passau castle prison where they were first sung by the martyrs there and have been sung every Sunday since then by the Amish in their church services. (ref Alan and Ruth Kreider's monograph entitled "Prisoners can Sing". Thank you and may God give continued grace and peace to Alan's survivors.
Message from Cathy Nobles
August 11, 2017 12:19 PM

Dear Eleanor and Family,

I first met Alan when he came to Turkey to teach on the Reconciliation Walk in 1996. His presence and his teaching changed my life in so many ways. He gave me a new understanding of how to see the gospel and the way of Jesus that helped me teach others along the Crusade Route. His kindness and encouragement has been there through the years as we corresponded. May God's comfort and joy be with you in these days. Much love, Cathy
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A candle was lit by Lois Siemens on May 17, 2017 3:35 PM
Message from Rick Waldrop
May 17, 2017 2:41 PM

I am sorry that I was not personally able to be at Alan's funeral yesterday. I send you heartfelt condolences and pray that God's spirit will be your support and confort in the days ahead. I am a missionary with the Church of God (Cleveland, TN) and have enjoyed conversations with Alan and reading some of his literary work. Alan was present at our most recent Church of God General Assembly in Nashville, TN last July and was a wonderful dialog partner with us. In fact, Alan showed up there at our first preliminary meeting of a new Pentecostal peace fellowship, now called Pax Pneuma. He offered a special prayer for our efforts at the end of that meeting. I believe he would be pleased to know that from that first meeting we have now moved to form a provisional board of directors and are moving ahead with the fellowship. May God's great grace and peace be with you.
Message from Dawn and Paul nelsom
May 16, 2017 3:24 PM

I am so very sorry that distance and health concerns prevent us from attending Alan's memorial service. It is a gathering I know will be a blessing. "Lord, letteth now thy servant Alan depart in peace." Much love to Ellie, Andrew and the whole family.
Message from Will Newcomb
May 16, 2017 2:26 AM

I've left a reflection on my blog at

While now in China, the many years of knowing Alan in the UK and as a fellow staff member of the London Mennonite Centre has left me a changed man.

Thank you dear Alan, Mr Grateful.

Sending lots of love to Eleanor, Andrew, family and friends. I'll be listening to the service blog in due course.
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A candle was lit by Will Newcomb on May 16, 2017 2:24 AM
Message from Laura Doty
May 15, 2017 1:58 PM

I so enjoyed the classes I had with Alan at AMBS. He was a dynamic teacher who brought a lot of joy and enthusiasm to his teaching. I am a teacher at Concord and a pastor of a small UCC congregation in Elkhart. I only hope that I can bring that same joy I experienced to my congregation and students. Alan was such a blessing to all who knew him!
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May 13, 2017 1:28 PM

Dear Eleanor and all the Kreider family. Words fail as I try to express empathy and condolence to you all. I'm unable to attend the memorial service for Alan, but do know that I think of you all continuously. Lon Sherer
Message from Stan Kaufman, Minnesota
May 13, 2017 11:56 AM

My condolences to Eleanor, Andrew, Rebecca, Tom, and to Alan's grandchildren. Alan and I were classmates at Goshen College, and his positive, friendly nature and his academic brilliance were already apparent then. I remember visiting him with others at the Kreider home in Goshen, and especially his interest in music: they had the use of a clavichord which he played to demonstrate its delicate sound, and we listened to Wagner operas with their good "hi-fi" system. I very much enjoyed renewing our acquaintance on several occasions over the past few years. He has made a mark on all of us, and will be remembered fondly in many circles.
Message from Gordon Lapp
May 13, 2017 9:48 AM

My condolences and prayers to Eleanor and the family. Alan was a friend and classmate at Goshen College who I always admired for his brilliance and love of music. I appreciated his writings in several recent books. A great loss to the Goshen-Elkhart community, and the Mennonite church.
Message from Dublin, Ireland
May 12, 2017 1:40 PM

Thank you Alan for being a friend since 1974 when I first met you and Eleanor in London. We all remember the the great meeting in St Albans that set us on the Anabaptist journey together. Then there was Eleanor who was wife and player of the exquisite choral of joy richly flavoured with salt and light. This was like two Premier sides playing together. The photograph of your last visit to Prairie St shows your human form is going gone, but the image of your saviour shines through your mortal body like a transfiguration. That smile was smashing death straight in the face. Well done faithful servant with all your frailties and faults reshaped in the Master's resurrection body to come. We believe in the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting. No time to delay but we mourn and are stunned into silence for a bit but we will get up and join you on the road to Emmaus now so we can eat and recognise our common Lord
Message from Kitchener, Ontario
May 12, 2017 10:43 AM

Eleanor, Andrew and Katie,

I simply want to pass on my condolences to all of you during this time. In a sense, I first knew Alan through you Andrew, who I met first during our shared time at AMBS. Since then, every time I have been to an event with Alan there, I have so much appreciated his insights, energy and creative engagement with the issues and topics involved. I loved his joy of living. Blessings as you remember him and release him. Mark Diller Harder
Message from Nancy Rupe-Cressy
May 11, 2017 9:28 PM

Dear Eleanor and Andrew, I was so sorry to hear about Alan. I always loved his positive attitude and his friendly ways with everyone. I will miss a smile and his words of kindness. Mike and I are thinking of you and hope that you are doing well. Nancy
Message from Ruth Krall
May 10, 2017 4:12 PM

My condolences to the family. I have many personal memories about Alan including the roll call in SA Yoder's American poetry class - where we sat alphabetically and I was intimidated by Alan's brilliance. We went on the become friends. I am grateful for all I learned from him.

Ruth Krall
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