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Martin Boehm

Martin Boehm (November 30, 1725 – March 23, 1812) was an American clergyman and pastor, chosen by lot to become the minister of the local Mennonite church in 1756. Although raised a Mennonite, he lacked the assurance of the presence and power of Jesus Christ in his life and he prayed for a heart-warming experience, to deepen his personal faith. Then one day, after many months of prayer and meditation he had an epiphany. After this, Martin preached with confidence and fervor. In 1761, Martin was advanced to the office of bishop in the Mennonite tradition.


In 1800, after being expelled by the Mennonites in 1775 for being too evangelical, Boehm along with Philip William Otterbein, formed the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, and they became the sect's first two bishops. They first met on May 10, 1767, in a Great Meeting held at Long's Barn in Lancaster, Pa. Otterbein was so impressed with Boehm's passionate message that he embraced Boehm and declared, "Wir sind Brüder" (We are brethren). In 1802, Boehm joined the Methodist Episcopal Church while still a bishop of the United Brethren.


Martin Boehm died on March 23, 1812. Bishop Francis Asbury and Henry Boehm conducted a memorial service for Boehm on April 5, 1812.