Rev. Adam B. Esbenshade, 95, dairy farmer, minister at New Life Fellowship, loved antique cars

By on June 15, 2016

Rev. Adam B. Esbenshade, 95, went home to be with Jesus on Monday, June 6, 2016, at Fairmount Retirement Homes, Ephrata, where he has been a resident since 2010.

Born April 30, 1921, in New Holland, he was the son of the late Ferree F. and Lizzie (Weaver) Esbenshade. On Nov. 15, 1940, Adam married his surviving wife, Alta Burkhart Esbenshade, with whom he was blessed to share 75 years of marriage.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by one brother: Ferree Esbenshade Jr.; his children: Geraldine, wife of Ivan Martin, Sarasota, Fla.; Wilmer, husband of Janice (Sauder), New Holland; and Linda, wife of D. Ray Geissinger, Mifflintown; grandchildren: Rodney Martin (Angie), Lititz; Wendell Esbenshade (Lorelei); Wade Esbenshade (Jenn), both of New Holland; Denise Oberholtzer (Tom), Penn Laird, Va.; Dan Geissinger (Joni), Mifflintown; Judy Mummau (Chris), East Waterford; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Adam was preceded in death by two sisters: Grace Reiff and Edith Sensenig.

Adam began his ministry in Atmore, Ala., serving with the We Care Prison Ministry. Later he served under Eastern Mennonite Missions in Belize. He attended Kitchener Bible Institute, Kitchener, Ont.; and served as a church planter and pastor in the Lancaster Mennonite Conference at the Bible Fellowship Center, New Haven, Conn.; Lebanon Christian Fellowship, Lebanon; and New Life Fellowship, Ephrata. In addition, he was interim pastor at Ashton Mennonite Church, Sarasota, Fla.; and Delaware Mennonite Church, Thompsontown; and assistant pastor at Cedar Lane Chapel, East Earl.

He was a member of New Life Fellowship, Ephrata; The Retired Minister’s Association; the Antique Classic Car Club; and a charter member of the Buccaneer Hunting Camp.

Before going into full-time ministry, Adam was a dairy farmer at New Holland. He also was a salesman at L.J. Denlinger, Paradise; and factory representative for Heritage Custom Kitchens, New Holland. Adam’s enjoyment came from golfing, hunting, fishing, antique cars, and volunteering at the Re-Uzit Shop of New Holland. But, his greatest enjoyment was spending time with his family.

Services were held June 13 at New Life Fellowship, Ephrata, with Pastors Kevin Horning and Rodney Martin officiating. Burial will be private.

Memorial contributions may be made to Eastern Mennonite Missions, P.O. Box 458, Salunga, PA 17538.

Arrangements by Groff-High Funeral Home, New Holland. To send the family online condolences, visit

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