Dr. Paul P. Enns was born June 17, 1937 to Isaak and Helen Enns, devout Mennonite Christians, in Morris, Manitoba, Canada. Isaak was a jeweler and proprietor of “Enns Jewelry Shop” in Morris. His family was among the first generation of Canadians with ancestors in Germany and Austria.
His parents were loving and devoted to one another, providing Dr. Enns with a godly example of what marriage and a home should be, and setting a fine example for his future marriage.
Dr. Enns was saved at a young age when his cousin shared John 3:16 with him. In the early 1960’s, he began to sense God leading him into the ministry.
Dr. Enns first called on Helen Klassen on November 12, 1958. He recalls, “The moment I saw her infectious smile and sparkling brown eyes, I said to myself, “That’s the girl I’m going to marry!”
God blessed the relationship, and the two were married on June 13, 1959. Dr Enns credits God’s sovereignty in bringing the two together: “Helen’s maiden name was Klassen and my mother’s mother was Klassen. Helen’s father’s mother was Enns. So we were distant cousins! Helen and I were both able to trace our ancestry (my mother’s maiden name was Schroeder) to the Marienberg area just southeast of Danzig (now Gdansk, Poland but historically it was Germany). There were a number of German Mennonite villages in the area and 500 years ago Helen’s ancestors and mine lived some 10 or 20 miles apart in those villages! Surely, God had sovereignly ordained our marriage! Marriage was easy for us. No surprises. We came from similar Mennonite homes. What a blessing that was. I was truly blessed to have Helen for my wife, a selfless wife who loved the Lord and she loved others. And I loved her intensely!”
Although both Paul and Helen were saved at a young age, two years into their marriage they heard “Big Neufeld” preach in the North Kildonan Mennonite Brethren Church and both dedicated their lives to the Lord.
God blessed the happy couple with two sons, Terry and Jeremy. Terry Enns and his wife Raye Jeanne had two children, Elizabeth and Emily. Jeremy Enns and his wife Kim had three children, Jacob, Joel and Addison. Dr. Enns feels greatly blessed with this heritage, saying, “All of the grandchildren have trusted Christ as their Savior and are growing spiritually. It is a great blessing to have godly children and grandchildren walking with the Lord.”
Dr. Enns and Helen traveled regularly to Europe and Israel, including twelve trips to Germany and Austria where they enjoyed researching their ancestry, visiting the historical locations of the Reformation, attending classical music concerts, and collecting clocks. The Couple also traveled to Israel three times.
On January 31, 2005, Helen Enns died suddenly. Dr. Enns recounts, “Helen stood on the driveway, blowing me kisses as I drove to church where I was teaching a seminary class. When I returned home in the afternoon, I found Helen lying on the kitchen floor. She was in heaven. The pain I have experienced is indescribable. We had a 45 year honeymoon marriage. We didn’t fight; we just loved each other. I never got over the thrill of being married to Helen and I eagerly await our reunion in Heaven. Now my mind and heart are focused on heaven (Phil. 3:20-21; Col. 3:1-4).”