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Paul Edward Kretzmann Papers

Identifier: Collection ID-0514

Scope and Contents

The collection contains mostly correspondence and numerous writings dealing with Kretzmann's concerns about the Synod.


  • 1921 - 1959


Language of Materials

English, German

Biographical / Historical

Paul Kretzmann was born on 24 August 1883 in Farmers Retreat, Indiana. He graduated from Concordia College, Fort Wayne in 1902 and proceeded to Concordia Seminary, Saint Louis but after two years was forced to move out West for health reasons. After teaching at schools in Colorado and Kansas he was ordained in 1906. He served as pastor at Saint Peter in Shady Bend, Kansas until 1907 and at Emmaeus in Denver until 1912. Until 1919 he taught science and math at Concordia College, Saint Paul. From 1919 to 1923 he worked for Concordia Publishing House first as an editor and then as Production Manager. He joined the faculty of Concordia Seminary, Saint Louis in 1924, a position he held until 1946 when he resigned. He then served as pastor at Saint John in Forest Park, Illinois. Beginning in the year before his resignation from the seminary, Kretzmann was becoming increasingly disturbed about what he considered to be unionistic tendencies and a lack of doctrinal discipline within the Synod. The following years were ones of increasing disenchantment with the Synod reflected by the prodigious output of letters, flyers, and tracts protesting the direction of the Synod, all of which culminated in his resignation from the Synod in 1948. He later helped to form the Orthodox Lutheran Conference in 1951.He was made president of the Orthodox Lutheran Seminary in 1952 and vice-president of the Conference in 1953. Kretzmann died on 13 July 1965.


1.68 Linear Feet (Four 5" document boxes)

Physical Location

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Repository Details

Part of the Concordia Historical Institute Repository

804 Seminary Place
Saint Louis MO 63105 USA