|Birth: ||Sep. 28, 1902|
|Death: ||Dec. 16, 1983|
Pastor, evangelist, (third "bishop"/overseer of Colorado Mennonite churches - after Jacob A.Heatwole and Allen H.Erb), the youngest child of Peter and Susan (Megli) Yost, was born at Plymouth, Neb., Sept. 28, 1902; died at Bethel Hospital, Newton, Kan., Dec. 16, 1983; aged 81 y. The family moved to a farm near Hesston, Kansas when E.M. was nine years old because his parents wished to be closer to a Church of God in Christ Mennonite (Holdeman) community. His formal schooling included two grades in a rural school in Nebraska, five grades in Hesston, one year of agricultural study at the Kansas State College of Agriculture and Engineering at Manhattan (now Kansas State University), and a "Winter Bible School Term" at Hesston College. One year after his conversion at age 17, E.M. was elected to be Sunday School Superintendent at the Meridian (Holdeman) congregation in Hesston. On March 5, 1922, Yost age 19, was ordained at Meridian as a minister in the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite. On Aug. 13, 1922, he was married to Emma Schmidt of Durham, Kansas, at the Durham Mennonite Church and started farming. Soon after 1928 Yost found himself in tension with some of the doctrines and traditions of the Holdeman Church. He wanted more freedom to enhance his preaching effectiveness with study and preparation in contrast to the Holdeman's spontaneous Spirit-led sermon approach, and he questioned the theological position that the Holdemans were only the true church whose members would receive eternal salvation.
After consultation with some Mennonite Church leaders in Goshen, Indiana, it was decided that rivival meetings would be held in Greensburg to which members of the Holdeman Church and the nearby struggling General Conference Mennonite and Krimmer Mennonnite Brethren congregatons would be invited. C.F. Derstine, a Mennonite bishop from Ontario, led the three-eek series of meetings in April 1932 during which E.M. and Emma were received into the Mennonie Church. As a result of the meeings, spiritual life was invigorated and a new congregation in Greensburg was formed with Yost as pastor.
On April 24, 1943, Yost was ordained as a Bishop in the Missouri-Kansas Mennonnite Conference. Because Yost was frequently away from home conducting evangelistic meetings, Samuel Janzen, a student at Hesston College and formerly a member of the General Conference Church, was ordained in 1942 to assist him a associated pastor.
On April 1945, Yost became pastor of he Mennonite Church of Denver, Colorado. Yost's move from Greensburg to Denver in 1945 resulted from the fact that he was ready for a new ministry challenge and the increasing health problems of Emma who had developed "Dust Pneumonia" from the dry dusty conditions of Western Kansas.
Emma died on Jan. 22, 1973. Surviving are one daughter (Louella-Mrs. Eldon Risser), 3 sons (Howard, Melvin, and Vernon), 13 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren. In 1922 he was ordained to the ministry at the Meridian (Holdeman) congregation in Hesston, Kansas. He served churches in Greensburg, Kan., (1922 - 1945) and Denver, Colo. (1945 - 1956). He was "founder" and overseer of the Rocky Mountain Mennonite Conference, 1961 - 1968. J.C.Wenger called him "E.M., the huge brother of Denver." Yost is remembered as a commanding figure that stood above the crowd in stature and spoke in a deep bass voice. Funeral services were held at Hesston Mennonite Church, Hesston, Kan., Dec. 18, and at First Mennonite Church, Denver, Colo., Dec. 20, in charge of Walter Friesen; interment in Crown Hill Cemetery, Denver.
Earvey M. Yost
Birth: 28-SEP-1902 in Plymouth, NE
Father: Peter E. Yost
b: 1-APR-1861 in Perth Co, Ontario, Canada
d: 24-SEP-1939 in Hesston, Harvey Co, KS
Mother: Susanna Megli
b: 24-FEB-1862 in Waterloo Co, Ontario, Canada
d: 24-MAY-1955 in Hesston, Harvey Co, KS
Marriage: Emma Schmidt of Durham, Kansas,
who died on Jan. 22, 1973
1. Louella-Mrs. Eldon Risser,
b: 1923, d: Aug. 18, 1998.
2. Howard Yost b: 24-MAY-1925
3. Melvin Yost b: 24-MAR-1927
4. Vernon S Yost b: 21-OCT-1928
(Obits: MWR Yost, E. M., 5 Jan 1984 p. 11;
Yost, Emma (Mrs. E. M.) 1904?, 25 Jan 1973 p. 8; Yost*, Luella Risser (Mrs. Eldon) 1923, 3 Sep 1998 p. 11)
Memorial services were held for Bishop E. M. Yost, Dec. 20, 1983, at the First Mennonite Church, Denver, Colo., Walter Friesen officiated. Yost was a well-known evangelist and churchman, much in demand throughout Mennonite circles for 30 years (1931-1961). Ordained to the ministry at nineteen, Yost founded the Calvary Mennonite Church of Greensburg, Kan., which he pastured from 1931 to 1945. Yost then pastored the First Mennonite Church in Denver from 1945 to 1956 when he became the full-time overseer of the Rocky Mountain Conference. Yost was also instrumental in placing thousands of Mennonite conscientious objectors in hospitals during the Korean war conscription. A lifelong concern for Christian service, ecumenism, and peace education developed for Yost into a passionate dream to establish "A peace chapel at one of the crossroads of the world." That dream became a reality, thanks to his hard work and many contacts, when the Prince of Peace Chapel at Aspen, Colo., was dedicated in 1969. The E. M. Yost Memorial Endowment Fund has been established for the support of the Prince of Peace Chapel. Donations to this endowment fund may be sent to the Mennonite Board of Missions, Box 370, Elkhart, IN 46515.
(Mennobits; Mountain States Mennonite Conference Connections, Feb. 2010)
Peter E. Yost (1861 - 1939)
Susanna Megli Yost (1862 - 1955)
Emma Schmidt Yost (1903 - 1973)
Melvin Schmidt Yost (1927 - 2005)*
Alphaeus Yost (1886 - 1980)*
Joseph Yost (1889 - 1942)*
Harvey M. Yost (1891 - 1986)*
Earvey Megli Yost (1902 - 1983)
Crown Hill Cemetery
Plot: Block 69 Lot 158
Maintained by: Mayflower Pilgrim 332
Originally Created by: Tom Crago
Record added: Feb 23, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 18037926