The Elders

Geschichtbuch listing elders of the Hutterian Church. Listed are Klaus Braidl (from Hesse): 1583-1611; Sebastian Dietrich (from Württemberg): 1611-1619; Ulrich Jaussling (from Switzerland): 1619-1621; and Valentin Winter (from Württenberg): 1622-1631


Current Elders of the Hutterian Brethren Church

All three groups have their own Ältistor or elder, who is responsible for the colony churches

within his leut. The term Vorsteher (leader) was used in the past to describe the role of the elder.  Historically, there was only one Vorsteher for all the Hutterites, but upon immigrating to America in the 19th century, each of the groups eventually selected their own elder.

1. Schmiedeleut

Hutterian Brethren (Group 1) (Elder Jacob Kleinsasser, Crystal Spring, MB)
Group 2 Hutterites (Group 2 or Committee Hutterites)
The Schmiedelut subdivided into two groups, Group 1 and Group 2, in 1992.

2. Dariusleut

(Elder Martin Walter, Spring Point Colony, AB)

3. Lehrerleut

(Elder Peter Enns, Crystal Spring Colony, AB)

Historical List of Elders

The first Vorsteher of the Hutterian Brethren was Jakob Hutter, from whom the Hutterites get their name.  He was executed in Innsbruck, Austria in 1536.

Jakob Hutter (from Tirol) -1536
Hans Amon (from Bavaria): 1536-1542
Leonhard Lanzenstiel (from Bavaria): 1542-1565
Peter Riedemann (from Silesia): 1542-1556
Peter Walpot (from Tirol): 1565-1578
Hans Kräl (from Kitzbühel): 1578-1583
Klaus Braidl (from Hesse): 1583-1611
Sebastian Dietrich (from Württemberg): 1611-1619
Ulrich Jaussling (from Switzerland): 1619-1621
Valentin Winter (from Württenberg): 1622-1631
Heinrich Hartmann: 1631-1639
Andreas Ehrenpreis: 1639-1662
Johannes Rücker: 1662-1687
Johannes Milder: 1687-1688
Caspar Eglauch: 1688-1693
Tobias Bersch: 1693-1701
Community of goods given up .
Jonas Roth/Mathias Helm> 1701-1724
Jakob Pollman: 1724-1734
Jorgl Franckh: 1734-1746
Zacharias Walter: 1746-1761
Heinrich Müller: 1762
Hänsel Kleinsasser (from Carinthia): 1762-1779
Joseph Kuhr (from Alwinz): 1779-1794
Johannes Waldner (from Carinthia): 1794-1824
Jakob Walter (from Sabatisch): 1824-1855
Jörg Waldner: 1846-1857
Michel Waldner: 1876-1889