Friday, May 7, 2010

C.F.W. Walther

Commemoration of C.F.W. Walther, Theologian
May 7, 2010

The Lord be with you

Carl Ferdinand Wilhelm Walther (1811-87), the father of The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, emigrated from Saxony, Germany, with other Lutherans in 1839 and settled in Missouri. He served as pastor of several congregations in St. Louis, founded Concordia Seminary, and in 1847 was instrumental in the formation of The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (the called the Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Missouri, Ohio, and Other States). Walther served as the Synod’s first president from 1847 to 1850 and again from 1864 to 1878. Walther worked tirelessly to promote confessional Lutheran teaching and doctrinal agreement among all Lutherans in the United States. He was a prolific writer and speaker, and among his most influential works are Church and Ministry and The Proper Distinction Between Law and Gospel. (Treasure of Daily Prayer, CPH, 1295)

Blessings in Christ,
Pastor John Rickert

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