Called “The American Luther,” C. F. W. Walther (1811–87) was an eloquent preacher, church organizer, and a keen theologian. His areas of specialty included systematic and historical theology, especially the writings of Martin Luther and post-Reformation Lutheranism. He served as pastor in Perry County and St. Louis, Missouri, and was the first president of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Walther also served as the first president of the Evangelical Lutheran Synodical Conference. He was a co-founder, professor, and the president of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, and an editor and author of theological journals; and books.
The first confessional Lutheran handbook for the pastoral ministry published in the United States. In it, Walther explains the “how” and “why” of what a pastor does. It functions as a guide for all who are involved in matters of the pastoral ministry and concerned with how it is carried out in a faithful, biblical manner.
—Dr. Robert Kolb, Emeritus Missions Professor of Systematic Theology, Concordia Seminary
—Foreword, C. F. W. Walther’s Law and Gospel (2010 translation), by William J. Schmelder, Professor Emeritus, Concordia Seminary