Awakened to Confessional: The Doctrinal Development of F.C.D. Wyneken and its Place in the Course of Lutheranism in America
Phelps, Benjamin T.
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Friedrich Conrad Dietrich Wyneken: the "Father of Lutheran Home Missions," the inspiring voice which led to the influx of hundreds of pastors to America and the establishment of seminaries in two continents, the leader of the Missouri Synod, the bulwark of confessional Lutheranism emerging from the lowest point the Lutheran Church had yet seen, deserves to have his voice heard and recognized. Wyneken's presidency (1850-1864) overcame deeply bitter controversies and recognized prodigious opportunities. But what prepared this man for leadership? This paper will shed light on the context of Wyneken’s life, ministry, and transformation in the years leading up to his election to presidency of the Missouri Synod.