Kolle, John

Kolle, John a German Methodist minister, was born at Billenhausen, Wirtemberg, Germany, on the 19th of July, 1823; came to the United States Aug. 25,1852; became acquainted with some intelligent and pious members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and soon was led to a knowledge of his sins, and was enabled to realize by faith that Jesus was his Saviour. In 1857 he was licensed to preach, and in the spring of 1858 was sent to Cape Girardeau, and joined the Southern Illinois Conference. In 1861 he was ordained a deacon, and sent to Benton Street, St. Louis, where he labored two years with great acceptability. In 1863 he was ordained an elder, and sent to St. Charles, where he again labored successfully for two years. His next appointments were Manchester Mission, one year, and Union Mission, three years. After this he was sent to Booneville and Manito Mission, where he labored till his course was finished on the 18th of March, 1870. " As a preacher, Kolle was faithful and punctual. He was a diligent student, and acquired a considerable amount of theological knowledge. In his preaching he was original and practical, and it was easy to perceive that he loved the souls of those to whom he ministered. His motto was Holiness to the Lord,' and that in an especial sense, as he considered it to be his calling to bear the vessels of the Lord." He contributed largely to the Christliche Apologete, the German organ of the M. E. Church. Conference Minutes, 1871.

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