of Alberta

Carl Edward Hansen fonds


Carl Edward Hansen fonds

Biographical History

Carl Edward Hansen, missionary, Bible School teacher and pastor, was born on 26 October 1941 in Rosemary, Alberta, the son of Jens Peter Hansen and Elixabeth Winnifred Friesen.  He grew up on farms in Alberta and Ontario, graduated from EAstern Mennonite College, attended Eastern Mennonite Seminary, and holds a M. Div. degree from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, and a Th. M. degree from Fuller Theological Seminary.

He married vera Dorothy King in  1964.  Together they served as missionaries in eastern Africa for more than 20 years.  Carl worked in pastoral ministry with the Salem Mennonite Church in Tofield, Alberta from 1975 to 1984.  The Hansens returned to Africa in 1985.

Carl is the author of biographies of his grandparents, Jacob and Justina Friesen, published under the title “Jacob and Justina: Pilgrims.  The Oddysey of a Family (Morgantown, PA:  Masthof Press, 1998).

Scope and Content

The Carl Edward Hansen fonds consists of subject files containing sermons, sermon notes, printed material and press clippings, aranged in accordance with the Rossin-Dewey Decimla Classification.  (A description of the filing system is included.)  The files were created and used during the years of Hansen’s pastoral and teaching ministries.

Source of the Acquisition

After the Hansens left for Africa in 1985 the files came into the custody of Mary Brukholder, historian and achivist of the Northwest Mennonite Conference who donated them to the Mennonite Historical Society of Alberta in 2014.

Access Restrictions: None

Finding Aids: See file inventory

Related material:

MHSA: Northwest Mennonite Conference  fonds.  MHSA: T. D. Regehr, Northwest Mennonite Conference Collection. MHSA Harry Stauffer Collection.  T. D. Regehr, Faith Life and Witness in the Northwest, 1903-2003: Centennial History of the Northwest Mennonite Conference (Waterloo: Pandora Press, 2003.

Notes: Accession 2014.006