By Thomas Egger, Alfonso Espinos Christoph Barnbrock
Called “the American Luther,” Rev. Dr. C. F. W. Walther is well known as a founding father of the log cabin university (1839) that grew to become one of many ten greatest seminaries in North the United States: Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. the academic emphasis and precedents Walther set made his theological heirs hugely influential in American Christianity a century later while the synod absolutely embraced English. Walther’s legacy persists via his most generally learn e-book, legislations and Gospel. He tirelessly led the ebook of Der Lutheraner magazine (founded 1844) and have become the 1st president of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.
In 1847, whilst Walther helped to came upon The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, the church physique integrated in basic terms 19 pastors, 30 congregations, and 4,099 baptized participants. on the time of his demise 40 years later (May 7, 1887), the church physique had grown to 931 pastors, 678 member congregations, 746 affiliated congregations, 544 preaching stations, and 459,376 baptized participants. The 200th anniversary of Walther’s delivery is a crucial milestone for the background of confessional Lutherans and for North American Christianity.
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