Concordia Theological Monthly

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Walther the Preacher

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c. f. w. walther, preacher, christian, doctrine, concordia seminary, lutheran, hauptpastor

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


One hundred twenty-five years ago, October 15, 1811, Carl Ferdinand Wilhelm Walther was born at Langenchursdorf, Saxony. His father was a minister. His grandfather and great-grandfather also had been ministers in the Lutheran Church. According to his own confession, Walther, living in a rationalistic age, did not learn to know his Savior until he was eighteen years of age. He studied theology at the University of Leipzig, was graduated there in 1833 and, after having been a private tutor, was ordained in 1837 at Braeunsdorf. Joining the Saxon emigrants under Stephan, Walther arrived in St. Louis in 1830. Shortly afterwards he became the pastor of the congregations at Dresden and Johannisberg in Perry County, Mo. In April, 1841, he became the successor of his older brother, Otto Hermann, as pastor of Trinity Church in St. Louis. From 1850 until his death in 1887 he was a member of the faculty of Concordia Seminary and president of the institution. In the mean time Walther retained his office in the congregation and subsequently in three other congregations, which four churches constituted one parish, with Walther as their Hauptpastor and four ministers as associate pastors taking care of all the parish work in their respective districts.


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2 Timothy 3:16-17; Romans 15:4; Galatians 5:7; 1 Corinthians 15:1-10; John 2:1-11; 2 Timothy 4:1-5;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars