Who was C.F.W. Walther?

MAY 7, 2015

May 7 is the day that we honor C.F.W. Walther.  He may not be familiar to some of you, but he was an important leader of the Lutheran Church in America.  He was born in the Kingdom of Saxony (now part of Germany) in 1811.  In 1837 he was ordained a Lutheran pastor and served a congregation in Saxony.  However the Saxony government veered from traditional Lutheranism and promoted false doctrine.  Many other Lutherans also were at odds with the Saxony government’s liberal religious practices.  In 1839 the Lutherans left Saxony, entered the United States through New Orleans, and settled in Missouri.

Walther became pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Louis in 1841 and served that church until his death.  He was President of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod from 1847 to 1850 and from 1864 to 1878.  He was a founder and first present of the Lutheran seminary in St. Louis that began in a log cabin.  He wrote many books with the best known being The Proper Distinction between Law and Gospel.

He died in St. Louis on May 7, 1887.