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Old Lutheran Roots

C.F.W. Walther, 1st president of the Lutheran Church- Missouri Synod

Visit the places C.F.W. Walther, F.C.D. Wyneken, Wilhelm Löhe, and many others came from

German Lutheran Immigrants were the first who formed a Lutheran Church in the USA. Founded in 1847, the "Lutheran Church- Missouri Synod" (LCMS) emerged from several communities throughout the new settlements. At the beginning there was considerable debate over the proper status of the church in the New World: whether it was a new church or whether it remained within the Lutheran hierarchy in Germany. But Rev. C.F.W. Walther's view that they could consider themselves a new church prevailed.


Follow us on a trip to the roots of the confessional Lutheran Church in Germany: After landing in Berlin the tour would first take you to Wittenberg to commerate the place where Dr. Martin Luther lived and worked. Passing Leipzig and Dresden your group get's to Breslau (Wroclaw/ Poland), seat of the church administration of the oldlutheran church in Prussia until 1945. Langencunnersdorf is the village F.C.W. Walther was born, in Bräunsdorf in Saxony he served as a teacher before following the emigrants to America. Friedrich Conrad Dietrich Wyneken, second president of the new founded LCMS, has his roots in Verden where you would visit the amazing Dom cathedral. A day excursion takes the group to Hamburg to visit BallinStadt, Germanys most fascinating exhibition about the emigration to the New World.

Friedrich Conrad Dietrich Wyneken

Neuendettelsau is the small village from where Wilhelm Löhe sent pastors to North America, Australia, New Guinea, Brazil, and the Ukraine. He is the founder of the deaconess movement in Lutheranism, and still Neudendettelsau is one of the most important centers of deaconical work in Germany. And almost "en route" through the Lutheran history of the 19th century the tour will touch Luther's places like Wittenberg, Eisleben, and the Wartburg.

In Indiana, Ohio and Michigan, isolated Germans in the dense forests of the American frontier were brought together and ministered to by missionary F. C. D. Wyneken. A movement of Confessional Lutherans under Martin Stephan created a community in Perry County, Missouri, and St. Louis, Missouri. In Michigan and Ohio, missionaries sent by Wilhelm Löhe ministered to scattered congregations and founded German Lutheran communities in Frankenmuth, Michigan, and the Saginaw Valley of Michigan.

In the 19th-century German Kingdom of Saxony, Lutheran pastor Martin Stephan and many of his followers found themselves increasingly at odds with the rationalism and unionism of the state-sponsored Lutheranism. In the neighbouring Kingdom of Prussia, the Prussian Union of 1817 forced Lutherans to, among other changes, embrace non-Lutheran services of Holy Communion and Holy Baptism. In order to freely practice their Christian faith in accordance with the Lutheran confessions outlined in the Book of Concord, Stephan and nearly 1100 other Saxon Lutherans left for the United States in November 1838.

Discover the routes of the Lutheran forefathers with Terra Lu Travel, the specialist for Lutheran group travel in Germany!


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>> CHI: Founding of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod

>> CHI: F.C.D. Wyneken

>> Lutheran Heritage Museum Altenburg/ Missouri



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