The Rev. Emil Theodor Heptner was born on 19 September 1829 in Livonia. He was ordained on 23 August 1859 and served the congregation in Rosenberg
from that date to 1863, and then the congregation in Näb
from 1863 until his death there on 16 March 1894.
- Schnurr, Joseph, Die Kirchen und das Religiöse Leben der Russlanddeutschen - Evangelischer Teil (Stuttgart: Landsmannschaft der Deutschen aus Russland, 1978): 169.