Concordia Historical Institute is the Department of Archives and History of The Lutheran ChurchMissouri Synod. Information on Missouri Synod Lutheran pastors is available from a variety of sources including official records, biographical files and official publications in the Institute's Library and Archives. Biographical information on pastors from other American Lutheran synods is sometimes available from CHI's extensive collection of related materials on American Lutheranism.
The popularity of tracing family roots has steadily grown over the years. CHI welcomes genealogists who have inquiries concerning their ancestor who was a Missouri Synod pastor. Information available is normally limited to the education and ministry of the pastor, although obituaries and records often do contain information about a pastor's family. The researcher should anticipate that records before 1920 are in German.
Congregations celebrating significant anniversaries often produce a written history of their church. Writing a history recounts the unique story of God's gracious dealings with His people at that particular place. Naturally, information about each pastor is an important part of a church's history. This information usually includes details about his education, previous ministry and perhaps a brief report of what happened to him after he left.
Personal collections of pastors (sermons, lectures, diaries, etc.) may be on deposit at CHI. However, these are generally of prominent individuals such as leaders of the Synod, professors of seminaries and colleges, etc..
CHI maintains an extensive picture collection of pastors. Other possible resources include histories of other congregations the pastor served, official publications of the synod and graduation pictures. Reproduction of pictures is available for a nominal fee.
Researchers unable to come to St. Louis may have research done by CHI's reference staff by mail.
CHI provides a Biographical Record of Missouri Synod pastors for $10.00. This information is especially helpful to congregations seeking to compile a church history that includes their former pastors. Biographical Records are also useful to genealogists who are researching a Lutheran pastor.
General research is also available. Fees apply with discounts to Institute members. Please consult CHI's brochure Researching at Concordia Historical Institute.
Remember: there is no substitute for doing your own research. Visit Concordia Historical Institute and experience its outstanding collections for yourself.
Each Biographical Record is $10.00, postage paid. Four or more require half payment in advance. Please keep in mind that the information on each record varies, but the report will be as complete as CHI's archives are able to provide.
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