Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Freidrich Wyneken, Pastor and Missionary

Commemoration of Friedrich Wyneken, Pastor and Missionary
May 4, 2010

The Lord be with you

Friedrich Conrad Dietrich Wyneken (May 13, 1810 – May 4, 1876) is one of the founding fathers of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, along with C. F. W. Walther and Wilhelm Sihler. Born in Germany, Wyneken came to Baltimore, Maryland, in 1838 and shortly thereafter accepted a call to be the pastor of congregations in Friedheim and Fort Wayne, Indiana. Supported by Wilhelm Loehe’s mission society, Wyneken served as an itinerant missionary in Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan, particularly among Native Americans. Together with Loehe and Sihler, he founded Concordia Theological Seminary in 1846 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Wyneken later served as the second president of the LCMS during a period of significant growth (1850-64). In 1841 he published “The Distress of the German Lutherans in North America,” which was read widely in German speaking lands in Europe and had a major influence in attracting Lutheran missionaries to America. Most of these men, with their congregations, later joined the LCMS. His leadership strongly influenced the confessional and evangelistic character of the LCMS and its commitment to an authentic Lutheran witness.

Blessings in Christ,
Pastor John Rickert

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