Write This Down: JOHN SCHNABEL, Straight Outta Woodbury, INSEL FELSENBURG, #schmidtyboy style

Kolb’s Successor SCHNABEL


The New Apostolic Church in the United States is preparing itself for a change in leadership. The course will be set this coming weekend by the International Church President, Chief Apostle Jean-Luc Schneider.

The American District Apostle Leonard R. Kolb (born 1956) will be retiring in September of next year. Apostle John Schnabel (born 1964) has been designated as his successor. The Church leader informed the congregations of these impending changes. 

This coming Sunday, Chief Apostle Schneider will assign Apostle Schnabel as a District Apostle Helper so that he can familiarise himself with the USA District and prepare himself for his future tasks. 

Leonard R. Kolb was assigned as a District Apostle Helper in 2004 and appointed as a District Apostle in 2008. District Elder John Schnabel was ordained into the Apostle ministry in January 2022. He works as an investment manager. Besides his mother tongue English, he also speaks Spanish. 

District Apostle Helper John W. Fendt Jr (born 1957) will also retire in the coming year, in March. In addition to the congregations in the USA, his primary pastoral focus is on the members in Central America.

The NAC USA serves congregations in the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela. 

6 August 2022


Johann Gottfried Schnabel (November 7, 1692 – c. 1751–1758) was a German writer best known for his novel Insel Felsenburg. He published his works under the pen name Gisander.

Schnabel was born in Sandersdorf near Bitterfeld, Germany. Orphaned in 1694, he was raised by relatives.[1] After an apprenticeship to a barber from 1706 to 1709, Schnabel worked as a Feldsher, a military barber-surgeon, in the regiments of Wolfenbüttel and Saxony until 1717.[2] In this capacity he took part in the War of the Spanish Succession. In 1719, Schnabel settled as a master barber in Querfurt. From 1724 he was court barber in the County of Stolberg-Wernigerode, where he was promoted to valet de chambre in 1729 and to court agent around 1737.[2] The year 1750 shows the last record of Schnabel’s life; his death date and place are unknown.

The title summarizes the book. It is about a seaman who is shipwrecked on the coast of an island, where he marries and starts a family of 300. It combines themes of the then-popular genre of the robinsonade with elements of a social utopia.

The book was highly successful when it was published. German author Arno Schmidt wrote in a review to a reissue of the book: “It is attested that around and after 1750 the library of a commoner consisted of at least two volumes: the Bible and the Insel Felsenburg.”[3] Due to the success of the original work, Schnabel published three sequels of decreasing quality.

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