The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) was founded on April 26, 1847, when 12 pastors representing 14 congregations from Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Michigan, New York and Ohio signed the church body’s constitution at First St. Paul Lutheran Church, Chicago. Since that time, the LCMS has endured many trials and triumphs — all by the grace of God.

As our church body celebrates its 175th anniversary in 2022, please take a few moments to learn more about some of the people who made a significant impact on the LCMS throughout its history. The following 52 handouts, created by Concordia Historical Institute, may be copied and shared with your congregation, Bible class or other group.

Please note:
Several of the historical handouts listed are now available.
Watch for more to become available soon.

Handouts 1-15

1

C.F.W. Walther

Handout: Part 1Part 2
Picture: Image 1 – Image 2

2

F.C.D Wyneken

Handout: Part 1 – Part 2
Picture: Image 1Image 2

3

Gotthold H. Löber

4

August Crämer

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5

Wilhelm Sihler

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6

Johann F. Bünger

7

J. Adam Ernst & J. Georg Burger

8

Friedrich Lochner

9

Eduard R. Baierlein

10

Dorothea Crämer

Handout

11

Susanna Sihler

Handout

12

Christiane Bünger

13

Georg Albert Schieferdecker

14

Wilhelm Löhe

15

Philipp Wambsganss Jr.

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16

Georg Ernst Ferdinand Sievers

17

Jan Killian

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18

Friedrich Pfotenhauer

19

John W. Behnken

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20

H.C. Schwan

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21

Walter A. Maier 

Handout: Part 1 | Part 2
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22

Theodore Graebner

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23

Rosa Young

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24

Nils Bakke

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25

Martin Scharlemann

26

Carl Manthey-Zorn

27

J.A.O. Preus II

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28

Robert D. Preus

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29

Herman W. Gockel

30

Eduard L. Arndt

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31

Heinrich Nau

32

Oswald Hoffmann

33

August Crull

34

J.W.C. Lindemann

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35

W.C. Dickmeyer

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36

Jean Garton

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37

Andrés Melendez

38

Theodor Naether

39

Louise Elisabeth Ellermann

40

Franz Pieper

41

Arthur Carl Piepkorn

42

Henry F. Gerecke

43

Olive Gruen

44

Franz Julius Biltz

45

Ernst Ottomar Cloeter

46

Andrew Schulze

47

Won-Yong Ji

48

Ralph Bohlmann

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49

Friedrich Wilhelm Richmann 

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Learn more about the Synod’s 175th anniversary at lcms.org/175.