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04 May 2014
  + Friedrich Conrad Dietrich Wyneken +
4 May AD 1876

Frederick Wyneken Friedrich Conrad Dietrich Wyneken stands along-side C.F.W. Walther and Wilhelm Sihler as one of the founding fathers of The Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod. He was born to Pastor Heinrich Christoph and Anne Catharine Louise Wyneken in on 13 May 1810 and baptized 22 May in St. Andreas Church, Verden, Kingdom of Hannover, Germany.

Wyneken came to Baltimore in 1838 and shortly thereafter accepted a call to be the pastor of congregations in Friedheim and Fort Wayne, Indiana. Supported by the mission society of Wilhelm Loehe, he served as an itinerant missionary in Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan, particularly among Native Americans.

Together with Loehe and Sihler, Wyneken founded Concordia Theological Seminary in 1846 in Fort Wayne, Ind. He later served as the second president of the LCMS during a period of significant growth (1850-64). His leadership strongly influenced the confessional character of the LCMS and its commitment to an authentic Lutheran witness.

Wyneken died of an apparent stroke suffered in San Francisco, California. He had at least three funeral sermons. The first was by his son-in-law Pastor Buehler in San Francisco. Walther preached the second in Saint Louis while Wyneken lay in state at Trinity Lutheran. Wilhelm Sihler preached the final funeral sermon at St. Paul's, Fort Wayne, Indiana. He was then buried in the Lutheran Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio. A pulpit-shaped monument was erected over his grave.

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