Rev. Matt Harrison to Further Our Grandfather’s Church with a Wyneken Weekend in Baltimore

Rev. Matt Harrision is leading a workshop in Baltimore, MD later this month on one of the fathers of  American confessional Lutheranism,  F. C. D. Wyneken. Friederich Wyneken was a roaming German missionary in America who led Lutherans in Baltimore, Ohio and Ft. Wayne, Indiana to the Missouri Synod once he discovered Walther’s confessional publication “Der Lutheraner.”

It is a tribute to Rev. Harrision that he  knows so much about the confessional history of the LCMS, that he actaully cherishes it and most of all that he goes around the country teaching about it.

For more on F. C. D. Wynekan and a brief  history of the early LCMS we recomend A. L. Graebner’s “Half A Century of Sound Lutheranism in America” which you can read by clicking here.

We learned the  details of Rev. Harrison’s visit from an e-mail from the good folks at CAT-41. It’s been added to our calendar, and here is the text of the e-mail:


Martini Lutheran Church, Baltimore invites people within driving distance to a Wyneken Weekend, Saturday, October 17, 2009 at the church, 100 W. Henrietta St., Baltimore, MD 21230-3610.

The Rev. Matthew Harrison, Executive Director of World Relief and Human Care, LCMS, will be the keynote speaker and will lead a workshop. He will also have an after dinner speech.

Other workshops include Wyneken as Teacher of the faith, Wyneken as Missionary, and the Baltimore of FCD Wyneken.

As part of the day, there will be an afternoon driving tour of Wyneken sites in the Baltimore area.

Cost is $24, including lunch and a Sauerbraten or chicken dinner.

(CAT 41 discounted cost: $16)

Registration with Lunch only is $14. (CAT 41 discounted cost: $6).

Of all the parts of Wyneken’s life in America, his Baltimore years, (the place he landed in the U.S., and later returned as Pastor, after which he became second president of Synod) are among the least told.

About Pastor Tim Rossow

Rev. Dr. Timothy Rossow is the Director of Development for Lutherans in Africa. He served Bethany Lutheran Church in Naperville, IL as the Sr. Pastor for 22 years (1994-2016) and was Sr. Pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran in Dearborn, MI prior to that. He is the founder of Brothers of John the Steadfast but handed off the Sr. Editor position to Rev. Joshua Scheer in 2015. He currently resides in Ocean Shores WA with his wife Phyllis. He regularly teaches in Africa. He also paints watercolors, reads philosophy and golfs. He is currently represented in two art galleries in the Pacific Northwest. His M Div is from Concordia, St. Louis and he has an MA in philosophy from St. Louis University and a D Min from Concordia, Fort Wayne.


Rev. Matt Harrison to Further Our Grandfather’s Church with a Wyneken Weekend in Baltimore — 19 Comments

  1. Matt Harrison will be the main speaker for the West Missouri Pastors’ Conference, October 19-20, in Concordia, Missouri. The conference theme is “Confessional Faithfulness For The 21st Century: Are We Up To The Challenge?” Harrison’s topics are “Top Ten Challenges Facing the LCMS Between Now and 2017” and “Women’s Ordination.” Here is the link for more information: West Missouri Pastors’ Conference.

  2. Revfisk,

    The “event calendar” for World Relief and Human Care at the synodical website provides an email address to contact to register for the conference. I assume you could get further information through that address. (I’ve not pasted it here because it doesn’t look like an institutional email address.)

  3. Because I’m interested, I asked for more details from the church.

    Schedule for Wyneken Saturday, October 17
    9:00 Registration
    9:15 Opening//Welcome and remarks//Devotions//Introductions
    9:45 Keynote
    10:45 Break
    11:00 Workshop I
    11:50 Break
    12:15 Lunch
    1:00 Optional: A bit about Martini Lutheran Church
    1:20 Workshop II
    2:25 Pre-tour gathering
    2:45 Tour: Baltimore’s Wyneken Sites
    4:30 Return; break
    5:00 Sauerbraten or Chicken Dinner//After dinner speech with the Rev. Matt Harrison

  4. And for info on the workshops/tours:

    Wyneken: Missionary and Teacher
    Rev. Matt Harrison

    LINC – Baltimore meeting
    Rev. Michael Johnson

    Wyneken’s Missionary Vision and the City
    Rev. Elliott M. Robertson

    F. Wyneken: The Baltimore Connection, Hon!
    Sandy Harper

    Wyneken’s Doctrine and the City
    Rev. Elliott M. Robertson



    Locust Point: Wyneken arrives in America

    Old Otterbein Church: Looking for Lutherans

    Zion Church: The Mother church of us all

    Second Evangelical site: Lutheran and finding identity

    Wyneken residence site

    Three old church and school sites: A vision becomes three strong

    Other sites include the original sites of English Emmanuel, Augsburg
    Orphanage, and the cemetery site of Ernst Wyneken.

  5. When I first saw the photo at the top of this blog page, I thought I was looking at a colorized photo of Frederick Pfotenhauer in his middle-aged years. No kidding!

    I pulled out my copy of “A Century of Grace” (1947). Page 219 has a photo of President Pfotenhauer in his senior years. If you blacken Pfotenhauer’s hair a bit, and give him period eyeglasses, the resemblance is striking.

    I am wondering if Matt Harrison is hiding his German roots behind an English name, like I am hiding mine behind an Irish name.

    By the way, didn’t Harrison’s translation of the LCMS Presidents recently get published? I am wondering where I can get my own copy of that book. I think I was in transit from Saint Louis to Evansville when that was released.

    If anyone of my generation appreciates the sacrifices, struggles, and wisdom of our forefathers (and -mothers) in the LCMS, it has to be Matt Harrison. His new book proves it.

  6. To Martin at Post #9:

    “…If anyone of my generation appreciates the sacrifices, struggles, and wisdom of our forefathers (and -mothers) in the LCMS, it has to be Matt Harrison. His new book proves it…”

    What new book? I must have missed something in a past blog item.

  7. Matt Harrison’s new book, At Home in the House of My Fathers, is due to be published very soon, from what I understand. The publisher is an organization called Lutheran Legacy, and here is the link to the web page for the book:

    At Home in the House of My Fathers

    The subtitle of the book describes its contents: Presidential Sermons, Essays, Letters, and Addresses from the Missouri Synod’s Great Era of Unity and Growth

  8. I really am thinking about going. I’m trying to get two other pastor friends of mine to join me, as it is a 3 hour drive or so, each way, on Saturday, which makes for a rocky Sunday! But I think it might be worth it.

  9. Why did you put a picture of J. Michel Reu rather than Wyneken on this announcement?I’ve never seen a picture of Reu in a white clerical shirt before.

  10. We didn’t think anyone would notice and we had less problems colorizing it with the white shirt. 🙂


  11. Woohoo! Looks like I and a friend will indeed be attending. We will also be in Baltimore Friday night, as it is his “hometown” haunt.

  12. What a fantastic event! Thank to all the hard work by the faithful pastor and people of Martini Lutheran Church, and thanks to Pastor Matthew Harrison for the enormous amount of scholarship he has undertaken for the sake of bringing our fathers’ lives and theologies into today’s Church. It made for a long weekend, but wow was it worth it. I can’t wait to read the book!

  13. My GreatGrandfather, The Rev. Carl Frincke was the first Pastor at Martini Lutheran. We now have 6 generations of Lutheran Pastors in our family.

    Blessings, M

  14. How are all of you connected to Pastor Wyneken and Martini Lutheran Church?

    Thanks, M

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