George Brunk

A Moment from Yesterday

June 3, 2020 | Opinion | Volume 24 Issue 12
Laureen Harder-Gissing | Conrad Grebel University College
Photo: Mennonite Archives of Ontario

In 2001, evangelist George Brunk II, left, reflected on his 65-year-long ministry. Brunk’s style of revival meetings disrupted Mennonite communities. In a public talk at Conrad Grebel College he recalled, “At a time when Mennonite preachers stood still behind the pulpit, I would wander across the stage, carrying the microphone . . . from one end to the other— storming and denouncing sin in no uncertain terms.” Although unapologetic for many of his “traditionalist” views, he also acknowledged that “I have had my day, and it is now time for a new generation to make the decisions. I must have the grace to step aside . . . .”

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