Hobart Baumann Amstutz
(18 September 1896
– 26 February 1980
) was a bishop
of the Methodist Church
and the United Methodist Church
, elected in 1956.
He was born in Henrietta, Ohio
. He graduated in 1915 from Oberlin High School
, Oberlin, Ohio
, and attended Baldwin-Wallace College for two years before being drafted into the army in World War I. After the war, he earned in 1921 his A.B.
degree from Northwestern Universityand
1923 his Bachelor of Divinity
degree from Garrett Theological Seminary
, and M.A., Northwestern University. In 1938, Baldwin-Wallace College awarded him an honorary D.D. Hobart had 2 brothers Clarence John "Stutz" Amstutz and Melvin Amstutz. Clarence had 3 children C. John Amstutz
, Grethen (Amstutz) Timmons and Virginia (Amstutz) Wilhelm.
Rev. Amstutz served as a missionary
in South East Asia
beginning in 1926. For many years, he was pastor of the Wesley Methodist Church in Singapore
. In 1942, he was imprisoned by the Japanese
, spending three and a half years in a prison camp. From 1956 to 1964, he served as elected Methodist Bishop for Southeast Asia (Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Burma) and also served as founding President of Trinity College
in Singapore. Shortly after retirement, he was called to be Methodist Bishop of Pakistan from 1964 to 1968, where he succeeded in creating the Church of Pakistan, an amalgamation of four Protestant churches.
Bishop Amstutz died on 26 February 1980
, aged 83, in Claremont, California
. He was survived by his wife, Celeste; a son, Bruce, who was serving as a U.S. diplomat in Afghanistan
; a daughter Beverly, and a brother, Clarence.
- Oberlin Alumni Magazine, The, Oberlin, Ohio, March/April 1980, pp. 43-44.
- Oberlin High School Alumni "In Memoriam"
- The Council of Bishops of the United Methodist Church
- J. Bruce Amstutz (son), memoirs.