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Walther’s Works

“A figure who dare not be ignored.”

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.

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Latest Release: Pastoral Theology

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.

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Predestination Fall 2018

About C. F. W. Walther

Carl Ferdinand Wilhelm Walther (October 25, 1811–May 7, 1887) immigrated to the United States of America from Saxony (a German territory) in 1839. With others, he formed The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod in 1847 and became its first president, as well as a professor and president of Concordia Seminary (now in St. Louis). He is remembered as “the American Luther” due to his defense of distinctively Lutheran doctrine and practice in the midst of a culture that opposed these.