Arthur Merlin Climenhaga

Arthur Merlin Climenhaga


Arthur Merlin Climenhaga was born to Rev. John and Emma (Smith) Climenhaga in February 1916. His grandfather was founder of Messiah College, Pennsylvania. He received his Bachelor of Sacred Literature Beulah (later Upland) College 1936, his M.A. from Taylor University in 1938. In the same year he married Arlene Brubaker.

In 1944 he earned his Doctorate of Sacred Theology from Los Angeles Baptist Theological Seminary and in the following year he and his wife served as missionaries in the Rhodesias until 1960, where Rev. Climenhaga was Secretary of the Southern Rhodesia Missionary Conference, 1948-50, General Superintendent of Field Mission, and later Bishop of the Brethren in Christ in Northern and Southern Rhodesia.

Upon their return to the United States, Bishop Climenhaga held a number of posts, including President of Messiah College, Executive Director of the National Association of Evangelicals and Dean of the Western Evangelical Seminary, Portland, Oregon.

His first wife died 1968.  He married his second wife, Lona Sue Brubaker, in 1969. Bishop Climenhaga died April, 2005.


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