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“Obstetrician” of Moravian Church – Pastor Johann Adam Steinmetz


J. A. SteinmetzJohann Adam Steinmetz belonged to the most significant revivalists in 18th century Europe. After studies he worked as a pastor in Töppliwoda and later (in 20’s of 18th century) he served to the congregation in Teschen. “Jesus Church” in Teschen was of unique importance – it was visited by crowds from the Upper Silesia and by many secret Protestants from Moravia; services were held in Polish, German and Czech. Many Moravian Brethren visited Steinmetz and he mentored and counseled them, thus preparing the revival among them. Steinmetz’s role in the process of renewal of Moravian Church is praised in Zinzendorf’s Memoirs and he is considered to be the leader of revival in Moravia in an inscription in Death Register of Bethlehem! Pastor Steinmetz was a patron of a brilliant Lutheran school in Teschen. Due to his blessed service Steinmetz was hated by Catholic clergy and Emperor Charles VI finally expelled him from all Hapsburg lands in 1730. He went to Bavaria and later to Magdeburg Area, where he led excellent school. He was in touch with Wesley and American revivalists. He translated works of Jonathan Edwards and Philip Doddridge into German. Steinmetz died in 1762.



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