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Löhe, Wilhelm, 1808-1872



  • Existence: 1808-02-21-1872-01-02-

Biographical / Historical

Johann Konrad Wilhelm Löhe (21 February 1808 - 2 January 1872) (often rendered 'Loehe') was a pastor of the Lutheran Church, Neo-Lutheran writer, and is often regarded as being a founder of the deaconess movement in Lutheranism and a founding sponsor of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod (LCMS). He was a pastor in nineteenth-century Germany. From the small town of Neuendettelsau, he sent pastors to North America, Australia, New Guinea, Brazil, and the Ukraine. His work for a clear confessional basis within the Bavarian church sometimes led to conflict with the ecclesiastical bureaucracy. His chief concern was that a parish find its life in the eucharist, and from that source evangelism and social ministries would flow. Many Lutheran congregations in Michigan, Ohio, and Iowa were either founded or influenced by missionaries sent by Löhe. He is commemorated by the ELCA and the LCMS on 2 January.

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Frankenmuth, Michigan Historical Collection

Identifier: M-0025
Scope and Contents The Frankenmuth Historical Association donated this collection to Concordia Historical Institute in 1983. It includes an array of photocopied letters (1840-1920) of early residents of Frankenmuth, Michigan, as well as an assortment of transcribed letters from Friedrich August Craemer (1812-1891), the founder of the mission colony in Frankenmuth. There are various church registers, bylaws, and congregational records, mainly from Saint Lorenz Lutheran Church. The photographs available are a...
Dates: 1840 - 1948

Immanuel Lutheran Church (Frankentrost [Saginaw], Michigan) Records

Identifier: Collection ID-2542
Scope and Contents Handwritten German constitution
Dates: n.d.