By Kevin Williams
Anabaptist religions all have their animated and illustrious followers: Jacob Ammon for the Amis, Menno Simons for the Mennonites and Jacob Hutter for the Hutterites. Interestingly. none of those surnames are particularly prevalent among today's followers of those religions. Wipf and Waldner seem to compromise most Hutterite last names, while Ammon is more often seem among the Amish as a first name. Menno is also fairly common as a first name among the Mennonites, but I've never met a Simons.
Which brings us to Alexander Mack, founder of the Brethren church. Mack is also not a common name in the church. In fact, when eating lunch with Rosanna Bauman's grandmother last weekend she said they had never heard that last name in their church. Alexander Mack's lineage ended up being all girls so the last name didn't stick.
Rosanna did get to visit Mack's grave as part of the tour. He is buried at a Brethren church outside Philadelphia. Rosanna will share more of her history tour in the weeks ahead...stay tuned!