Brethren historian Donald F. Durnbaugh has described John Kline as "Arguably the most beloved personality in Brethren History."

Born in Pennsylvania in 1797, John Kline moved at age eleven with his parents to Virginia where they farmed along the west side of Linville Creek. As a young man, Kline married Anna Wampler and purchased a farm on the east side of Linville Creek within what is now the town of Broadway.

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