JAKOB ERZBERGER (1843-1920):Founded the first official Adventist church in Germany in Vohwinkel.A good example of Erzberger’s work was the Vohwinkel/Wuppertal area, where he was pivotal in estab-lishing the first Adventist church on German soil in 1875/1876. J. N. Andrews, who at the time was leading the mission work in Europe, was not fluent in German and so spent only a few weeks in the Vohwinkel/Wuppertal area before going back to Switzerland. Erzberger stayed in the area and nurtured the small group of believers into further Adventist truths. This led to a baptism of eight people in a lake near Vohwinkel in January of 1876, making this the first official Adventist church in Germany. Erzberger, however, did not only preach and baptize. He also produced the first German Adventist tracts, which the young church distributed.
TRAMELAN CHURCH: First Adventist church in Tramelan, Switzerland, founded by Czechowski and nurtured by Erzberger.After further studies and instruction Erzberger was ordained in 1870 by James White and J. N. Andrews at a camp meeting in South Lancaster, Massachusetts, and was commissioned at the same time to do mission work in Europe. When Andrews took up the work in Switzerland in 1874, he already had a dependable coworker and guide in place.