John Christian Frederick Heyer, Missionary to India

November 8 – John Christian Frederick Heyer, Missionary to India – John Christian Frederick Heyer was the first missionary sent out by Lutherans in America. Born in Germany on July 10, 1793, he came to America in 1807 to escape the Napoleonic wars. He studied theology in Philadelphia and the University of Gottingen. Back...

Henry Melchior Muhlenberg, Missionary to America

October 7 – Henry Melchior Muhlenberg (1711-1787) A prominent American Lutheran pioneer pastor, church planter, organizer, administrator, liturgist and chronicler. Sent by Halle Pietists in 1742 to counter Moravian incursions among German Lutherans in Pennsylvania, Muhlenberg succeeded in quickening and galvanizing Lutheran self-consciousness and uniting communities into a synod by codifying religious practices during...