Gerard (Geert) Groote (b. October 1340), Dutch founder
Brethren of the Common Life, died.
1636 Scottish pastor and theologian
began his two-year exile in Aberdeen, Scotland,
forbidden by the Scottish crown to preach.
Martin Opitz, poet and hymnist, died (b. 23 December
1597, Bunzlau, on the Bob(e)r River).
1735 The first Lutheran synodical meeting in
America convened at Raritan, New Jersey.
Francis Asbury, one of the first Methodist bishops in
America, was born in Birmingham, England (d. 31 March 1816).
Rudolf Bultmann, German New Testament scholar, was born
(d. 30 July 1976).
Paul Tillich, German philosophical theologian, was born
in Starzeddel, Germany (d. 22 October 1965).
Leroy Carl Rincker, president of Concordia College
(Milwaukee), was born in Crete, Illinois (d. 28 January
Ernst Heinrich Rolf, Missouri Synod pioneer in western
Canada, died (b. 1837).
Gerhard Friedrich, German Lutheran New Testament
scholar, was born at Jodszen, East Prussia.
William Booth, English founder and first general of the
Salvation Army, died (b. 10 April 1829, Nottingham,
William Keller Frick, president of the English
Evangelical Lutheran Synod of the Northwest, died (b. 1
February 1850, Lancaster, Pennsylvania).
O. Kadai was born in Tartu, Estonia (d. 3 June 1999).
1965 The first “Prince of Peace” volunteers
arrived in Japan.
1970 The World
Alliance of Reformed Churches was formed.
2002 Edward J. Mahnke died in Houston, Texas (b.
11 April 1919). Chaplain Mahnke began his service with
Lutheran Missions in Saint Louis in 1943 following his
ordination. While serving in that capacity, he was also
chaplain at Lutheran Hospital and served on the faculty of
Concordia Seminary. In 1960 he left Saint Louis for
Minnesota, where he served as Minnesota District Executive
Chaplain and Director of Chaplaincy and Pastoral Education
at the University of Minnesota. In 1974 the Mahnkes moved to
Houston when he became the Director of Chaplaincy and
Pastoral Education at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Many Texas
District pastors received CPE training under Mahnke's
direction. He retired from that position in 1984 and became
assistant/visitation pastor at Saint Matthew (Houston).