Classification scheme: 

Title: Dale Schumm fonds

Dates of creation: 1951-1991; 1960-1965 predominant

Physical description: 23 cm of textual records

Biographical sketch: Dale Schumm (1932-2002) was born to Henry and Edna (Schlegel) Schumm of Tavistock, one of 11 children. He married Laura (Bauman) in 1957, after graduating from Eastern Mennonite College. He graduated from Goshen College Biblical Seminary in 1960, and from 1960-1965 he was pastor of East Zorra Mennonite Church. He was also on the faculty of the Ontario Mennonite Bible School and Institute (1961-1966). He later served with Mennonite Board of Missions, which in included time as a missionary in India (1966-1972), as personnel director, and director for Asia and the Middle East. A graduate of Chicago Theological Seminary in 1979, he was on the faculty of Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminaries (1972-1979).  After retirement from the Mennonite Board of Missions in 1997, he worked for the foundation that supports Nazareth Village. Schumm died in Elkhart, Indiana.

Custodial history: Files 1-10 were donated to the Archives by Laura (Bauman) Schumm in 2015, and received from Fred Lichti. File 11 was donated by Laura Schumm and received from Andy Brubacher Kaethler in 2019.

Scope and content: The records consist of sermons, correspondence and other materials created and gathered by Schumm, primarily in the course of his pastorate at East Zorra and involvement with other Ontario Mennonite activities. A file list follows.

Notes: For photographs related Dale Schumm search the Mennonite Archival Image Database.
Further materials related to Dale Schumm may be found by searching the Archives.
Original archival description created 2016 by Laureen Harder-Gissing.

File list:

  1. Survey on the purpose and function of church councils, 1959; Questionnaire on church discipline, 1960
  2. Correspondence, 1960-1965
  3. Mennonite Youth Fellowship, 1958-1965
    Note: Schumm organized the first Mennonite Youth Fellowship group at East Zorra. The file includes notes regarding youth activities, youth sponsorship, and the Servanthood Work Camp (1965)
  4. Mennonite Youth Fellowship convention in Kitchener, 1964
  5. Pastoral issues at East Zorra, 1960, 1965
  6. Hillcrest Mennonite Church formation and dedication, 1964
  7. Miscellaneous notes and talks, 1957-1965
  8. Histories of St. Jacob's Mennonite Church by Laura Bauman, 1952, 1957
    Note: Includes 2 research papers she did as a student, one for Rockway Mennonite School and one for the Ontario Mennonite Bible School. Also includes correspondence from Isaac G. Martin and Ben Sauder.
  9. Sermons
  10. Special programs, 1951-1991; 1960s predominant
  11. "The Schumm family system" by Dale Schumm, 1978
    Note: File includes a 17-page paper (with page 16 missing) submitted for a Marriage and Family Therapy couse taught by David Augsburger, May 1978. Accompanying the paper is a genogram (a family tree charting psychological relationships) of the Schumm family created by Dale Schumm.


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