Texas Synod

“And unto the Wends I became as a Wend, that I might gain the Wends…”

The Rev. Timotheus Stiemke was in a difficult situation. He’d been assigned to a new Lutheran congregation in the little town of New Start (a few miles south of Serbin), where he was installed on the fourth Sunday in Advent in 1874. Stiemke was the second pastor to serve the congregation, which had only been …

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The Texas Synod (attempts to) expand into Coupland, Texas

In the last few weeks, I’ve started to get to the point where I’m finding connections everywhere between congregations that I’ve photographed and researched… connections I would have missed six or twelve months ago. Or at least supposed connections. Sometimes those turn into actual connections, though. Somewhere along the way, I ran into a reference …

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Texas Synod Pastors: 1880

This afternoon I stumbled across an 1880 photograph of Texas Synod pastors on the ELCA Southwestern Synod Archives’ site. https://swtsynod.pastperfectonline.com/…/C961483D-E2A3-4D36… Some of the folks I’ve written about in the past months are pictured here, including the Rev. Frederick Jesse (who joined the Missouri Synod in 1890), the Rev. George Lieb of Round Top (who came …

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St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Cemetery – Lincoln, Texas

This is St. Peter’s Cemetery in Lincoln, Texas. It’s all that’s left of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, which existed during the early twentieth century. I’ve not been able to find much information about the church. I know that at some point, Trinity in Old Dime Box purchased their building from the Texas Synod (or perhaps …

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Holy Cross Warda’s Link to a Past President of the LCMS Texas District

One thing that caught my attention when I was reading about the history of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Warda is that they were briefly served by a licensed ministerial candidate who is just listed as “F. Jesse.” From 1959-63, the Rev. Albert Jesse, who was also pastor at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Austin …

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