Born: Feb­ru­a­ry 1, 1854, Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia.

Died: Feb­ru­a­ry 6, 1936, Free­port, Il­li­nois.

Buried: Free­port Men­non­ite Church Ce­me­te­ry, Free­port, Il­li­nois.

Joseph was the son of Ben­ja­min Zieg­ler Shoe­mak­er and Fran­ces Shell­en­ber­ger, and hu­sband of Eliz­a­beth Se­christ Bru­bak­er (mar­ried 1887).

When he was nine years old, his fa­mi­ly moved to Ste­phen­son Coun­ty, Il­li­nois, where he spent the rest of his life.

Shoemaker joined the Men­non­ite de­no­mi­na­tion as a young man, and was or­dained to the min­is­try in June, 1892. On De­cem­ber 17, 1902, he was or­dained a bishop.

He worked as an evan­gel­ist, in­struct­or in Bi­ble con­fer­enc­es, and was a lead­er in var­i­ous church ac­tiv­i­ties. For a short time he was pre­si­dent of the Men­non­ite Evan­gel­iz­ing and Be­ne­vo­lent Board, and for ma­ny years Sec­re­tary of the Men­non­ite Board of Mis­sions and Cha­ri­ties.

When the Men­non­ite Pub­li­ca­tion Board was or­gan­ized in 1908, he was chos­en as its pre­si­dent. He wrote fre­quent­ly for church per­i­od­i­cals, and ed­it­ed the Men­non­ite Ad­vanced Les­son Quar­ter­ly for sev­er­al years.

His works in­clude:

  1. Come, Lost One
  2. Father, We Come in Je­sus’ Name
  3. We Now Have Met to Wor­ship Thee
  1. Freeport
  2. Stephenson

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