Categories: 52 Ancestors - 2018 Week 23 'Going to the Chapel'.
John was born in 1797. in Maryland. He was the son of Phillip Winebrenner and Eve Barrick. There is an extensive biography of him available from the Church of God. His family had some slaves, which he claimed were treated relatively well. He graduated from Dickenson college in Carlisle, PA. He was originally ordained in the German Reformed Church, apprenticing with Samuel Helffenstein, Sr. in Philadelphia, PA. He became a pastor for four churches, in and around Harrisburg, PA, including the Friedens Kirche in Cumberland county, and the Salem German Reformed Church in Harrisburg, PA. He was too radical, however, for the German Reformed church. He was an abolitionist, and allowed women to speak in the church. He spoke out against the unscrupulous ways of the wealthier members of the congregation. He was locked out of the church, and took the opportunity to start his own church, the Church of God, around 1830, which still exists today. He married Charlotte M. Reutter, and had 6 children. After her death, he married Mary Hamilton, daughter of John Hamilton and Elizabeth Mitchell, and had 4 more children. The 1860 census lists an adopted girl, Adeline Wisely, age 14, living with them. He passed away about 1860, after being ill from cholera.
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