• Abdel Ross Wentz - Abdel Ross Wentz (1883-1976) was a significant leader within American Lutheranism mid-twentieth century as both an interpreter-teacher and as a leader in Lutheran participation in formation of both the Lutheran World Federation and the World Council of Churches. From his base as Professor of Church History (1916-1956) and President (1940-1951) of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at ... Read more
  • Charles A Lindbergh - Charles A. Lindbergh was one of the most famous aviators of the 20th century. He is chiefly remembered for successfully flying the first solo non-stop flight from New York to Paris in 1927, which brought him instant international recognition. He used his popularity to promote the development of commercial aviation and U.S Air Mail. Born ... Read more
  • Charles Philip Krauth - Charles Philip Krauth was born May 7, 1797 in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. In 1819 the Ministerium of Pennsylvania licensed Krauth to preach. After serving Lutheran congregations at Martinsburg and Shepherdstown, Virginia, he was called in 1827 to Philadelphia to take charge of the recently organized English congregation. He became a trustee of the Lutheran Theological ... Read more
  • Conrad Weiser - Pennsylvania German, “Dutch” pioneer, interpreter, diplomat, farmer, soldier, tanner, judge, successful businessman and family patriarch, Conrad Weiser is best known for his work with native Americans.  As Indian agent for several colonies, especially Pennsylvania, but also New York and Virginia,  he negotiated every peace treaty from 1732 up to and during part of the French ... Read more
  • Elsie Singmaster Lewars - Elsie Singmaster (Lewars) was an O Henry and Newberry award winning author of short stories and books during the first half of the twentieth century. Singmaster is well known for her stories about the Pennsylvania Germans from whom she descended on her father’s side. A resident of Gettysburg from 1900-1958, she also wrote widely about ... Read more
  • Frederick Augustus Conrad Muhlenberg - Frederick Augustus Conrad Muhlenberg was born January 1, 1750 in Trappe, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, son of the noted Lutheran theologian Henry Melchoir Muhlenberg. Like his father, Frederick received his theological training at the University of Halle in Germany and was later ordained as a Lutheran minister by the Ministerium of Pennsylvania on October 20, 1770. ... Read more
  • Henry Melchoir Muhlenberg - Henry Melchoir Muhlenberg, considered to be the patriarch of the Lutheran Church in the United States, was born September 16, 1711 in Einbeck, Hanover, Germany. A graduate of the Georg-August University of Göttingen in 1738, Muhlenberg studied theology at the University of Halle. In 1742 he immigrated to Philadelphia in response to an official request ... Read more
  • John Casper Stoever - A pioneer German Lutheran pastor in Pennsylvania, Stoever was born in the Lower Palatinate. He arrived in Philadelphia in 1728, having had some private theological training, and soon began a ministry that lasted for a half a century. After several years spent in the Philadelphia area, during which he was ordained, he moved into Lancaster ... Read more
  • John Christian Frederick Heyer - John Christian Frederick Heyer was the first missionary sent out by Lutherans in America. Born in Germany on July 10, 1793, he came to America in 1807 to escape the Napoleonic wars. He studied theology in Philadelphia and the University of Gottingen. Back in America, he was licensed as a lay minister and preached in ... Read more
  • John Peter Shindel Gobin - John Peter Shindel Gobin was born in Sunbury, Pennsylvania on January 26, 1837, the son of John S. and Susan (Shindel) Gobin. He was named for his grandfather, the Rev. John Peter Shindel, a pioneer Lutheran minister in Northumberland County. He learned the printing trade at the Sunbury American, then studied law and was admitted ... Read more
  • Mary Elizabeth Markley - First woman on the national staff of a Lutheran denomination. Mary Markley, duaghter of the Reverend A. B. Markley, was born in Millerstown, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Ursinus College (1902) and received a master’s degree in English from Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia, before becoming supervisor of the Service House for the National Commission ... Read more
  • Mary Gingrich Stuckenberg - Portrait of Mary Stuckenberg by F. SangeFor some, the name Mary Gingrich Stuckenberg (1849-1934) is synonymous with working with the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union, raising funds for the American Church in Berlin, or founding the Woman’s Home and Foreign Missionary Society of the General Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. For others, she is known as the wife of John Henry ... Read more
  • Rev. Daniel E. Wiseman - Rev. Daniel Wiseman (1858-1942) served the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer in Washington, D. C., from its founding until his death in 1942.  The first Lutheran African-American pastor in the nation’s capital, he was the only one during his lifetime.  Although not the first  Lutheran African-American pastor east of the Alleghenies, no other served ... Read more
  • Samuel Simon Schmucker - Samuel Simon Schmucker was born in Hagerstown, Maryland on February 28, 1799. Educated at the University of Pennsylvania and the Princeton Theological Seminary, Schmucker became one of the first and foremost (and sometimes controversial) Lutheran scholars of his day, writing extensively on theology and doctrine. He helped organize the General Synod of the Lutheran Church ... Read more
  • Simon Snyder - Simon Snyder was the third Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, serving three terms from 1808 to 1817. A Jeffersonian Democrat, he also served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and was elected three times as Speaker in 1804, 1805, and 1807. Born in Lancaster on November 5, 1759, the politician started his business career as an ... Read more
  • William Alfred Passavant - William Alfred Passavant (1821-1894) was the zealous home missionary who became the great 19th century pioneer in social services among American Lutherans. Born in Zelienople, Pennsylvania, Passavant was for decades involved in forming synods and establishing congregations. But his heart went out to the poor and suffering of the communities in which he worked, largely in ... Read more