The Rev. Emil Pfeifer was born in Norka in 1891. Following his ordination, he taught private theological courses in Leningrad along with Bishop Malmgren until 1924. He served the Norka parish (which also served the colonies of Huck and Beideck) from 1927 to 1934. He was arrested in 1935 and "resettled" to Alma Ata (current Kazakhstan). At some point following his relocation, he was executed.
He is the brother of the Rev. Arthur Pfeiffer who was arrested along with him and is presumed to have suffered the same fate.
- Amburger, Erik. Die Pastoren Der Evangelischen Kirchen Russlands Vom Ende Des 16. Jahrhunderts Bis 1937: Ein Biographisches Lexikon (Lüneburg: Inst. Nordostdt. Kulturwerk, 1998): 434.
- Emil Pfeiffer (Norka website - Steve Schreiber)
- Litzenberger, Olga. Deutsche Evangelische Siedlungen an Der Wolga. Trans. by Johannes Herzog and Paul Höringklee (Nürnberg: HFDR, 2013): 441-452.
- Schnurr, Joseph. Die Kirchen und das religiöse Leben der Russlanddeutschen – Evangelischer Teil (Stuttgart: AER Verlag Landsmannschaft der Deutschen aus Rußland, 1978): 163.