Emma Richards




Age: 87


Summary: retired Mennonite pastor who was the first woman ordained as a pastor in a U.S. Mennonite congregation when she was ordained in the ministry in 1973 by the Illinois Mennonite Conference while serving as co-pastor of Lombard Mennonite Church with her husband Joe Richards (Ann Allebach was actually the first Mennonite woman to be ordained by the General Conference Mennonite Church in Philadelphia in 1911, but was never installed as a pastor of a Mennonite congregation, working instead in speaking roles and in urban ministries), and who was also invited to preach during Sunday morning service at the Mennonite World Conference assembly in Strasbourg, France in 1984.



Cause of Death: Natural causes


Born: March 17, 1927


Died: September 6, 2014


Location: Goshen, Indiana