Alan Fetter Kreider was born Nov. 8, 1941, in Goshen, the son of Carl and Evelyn (Burkholder) Kreider. He died at home in Goshen May 8, 2017.
A lifelong scholar, Alan graduated from Goshen College in 1962. After earning his PhD in English history at Harvard University, Alan returned to teach history at Goshen College.
Alan married Eleanor Graber Nase June 19, 1965, in Goshen. In 1974, Alan and Eleanor moved to London, England, to serve with the Mennonite Board of Missions, where they were directors of the London Mennonite Centre and spoke in churches and colleges around the country. In the 1990s, they moved to different parts of England, first to Manchester and then in 1995 to Oxford. Throughout these years, they taught in theological colleges, spoke at conferences and helped to establish a new Anabaptist Network. They developed a distinctive style of shared public speaking.
In 2000, Alan and Eleanor returned to live in Elkhart, where Alan taught church history and missions courses at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. He was named Professor Emeritus of Church History and Mission by AMBS in October 2014.
Alan is survived by his wife, Eleanor, and son, Andrew (Katie Bast), both of Elkhart; two siblings, Rebecca (Weldon) Pries, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Thomas Kreider, Goshen; and three grandchildren, Joseph, Daniel and Eleanor Rose Kreider.
His brother, Stephen, died in 2014.
His legacy is seen in his writing and in the lives of the many people for whom he was a trusted mentor.
A funeral service will take place at Prairie Street Mennonite Church at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 16. Friends may call at the church one hour before the service.
Memorial gifts may be given to Church Community Services or Mennonite Mission Network.
Hartzler-Gutermuth-Inman Funeral Home, Elkhart, is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.hartzlergutermuthinman.com.
Published on May 12, 2017