This listing originally appeared on the webpage of our sister congregation,
Faith Lutheran in Groton, CT. Their website is no longer active, so given
the high interest in this listing and the fact that your webmaster is one
of the original authors of it (along with Pr. Paul Wagner who had the original
idea and compiled the first list back in 1998,) the list is being reposted
in its entirety here on Trinity's site.
As an original work, we would ask that this list not be reposted
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Last Update on September 6, 2004 A.D
A number of years ago, a young member of our congregation was asked this question: "Lutheran? What's that? Is that like the Mormons?" Well -- no! (see our web-section on what Lutherans believe for more information on what Lutherans traditionally believe, teach and confess). Why the question? It probably has a lot to do with the fact that in New England Lutherans make up only one half of one percent of the population (that's 0.5%!). Beautiful as it might be, New England ain't exactly Lutheran country. But far from being a tiny sect, Lutherans worldwide number in the tens of millions. In fact, Lutherans throughout the past five centuries have made some great contributions to society.
Below is a (somewhat eclectic) listing of some prominent Lutherans from the past five centuries. We think you'll find it interesting (and sometimes surprising!)
Note: To make this list more manageable, we have arranged the names by category. In many cases an individual could have been placed in a number of different areas; however, in part to prevent this list from becoming unduly long, we have placed each person in one category only, with a listing of his or her major contributions to church and society after his/her name. All people are Americans unless otherwise specified.
Loni Anderson (b.1946) celebrity, thespian, and author. Born in St. Paul, Minnesota and raised in the Lutheran Church, Loni was for a time a Sunday School teacher. She is perhaps best known for her role as Jennifer Marlowe, secretary to the oft-befuddled Gordon Jump ("The Big Guy") in the popular sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati (1978-1982). Since WKRP, Loni has worked regularly on the small screen, appearing in many movies made expressly for television. For the big screen she loaned her vocal talents to the character of Flo in the animated feature All Dogs Go to Heaven, which helped answer the profound theological question, "What happens when my pet dies?" Her autobiography My Life in High Heels (Morrow, 1995) details her rise to international stardom as well as her marriage to (and subsequent divorce from) fellow actor and celebrity Burt Reynolds (who, to his great credit, was also featured in All Dogs Go to Heaven).
David Hasselhoff (b.1952) actor, producer, recording artist. Perhaps best known for his role as Mitch in "Baywatch" (once the world's most popular television program, with over one billion viewers a week!), David also starred as Michael Knight in the hit 1980's series Knight Rider (along with a really cool talking car) and in the soap opera The Young and the Restless.
William H. Macy (b. ? ) Oscar award winning actor who starred in, among other films, Fargo and Mystery Men. Once was quoted as saying "I am Lutheran down to my socks." Presently rumored to be in the new "Jurassic Park" movie.
Ann-Margret (b.1941) actress, singer, and all around entertainer. Born in Valsjobyn, Sweden, she has twice been nominated for an Academy Award. Her many film credits include Grumpy Old Men (1993) and its sequel, Viva Las Vegas (1964) and Bye Bye Birdie (1963). She is also one of the very few Lutherans ever to have dated Elvis.
James Rebhorn, popular Hollywood supporting actor whose film credits include Independence Day (with Will Smith), The Game (with Michael Douglas and Sean Penn), Fatal Attraction (with Michael Douglas and Glenn Close) and Seinfeld (with, well, Seinfeld). Mr. Rebhorn is a 1970 graduate of the ELCA's Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio.
Andy Richter (b.1966) actor and original sidekick on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. Andy also appeared in Chris Elliot's motion-picture comedy Cabin Boy (along with former NBC Late Night host David Letterman).
Kevin Sorbo (b.1958). Kevin first rose to fame as the title character in the syndicated television series Hercules. He later parlayed that success into the big-screen adaptation of Robert E. Howard's classic hero King Kull in Kull the Conqueror.
David Soul (born David Richard Solberg, 1943) actor; director; producer; recording artist; starred in "Here Come the Brides" with teen heartthrob Bobby Sherman; played Detective Hutchinson in the television police drama "Starsky and Hutch" (1975-1979). David's father was Dr. Richard Solberg, who served as Senior Representative for Lutheran World Federation.
Liv Ullman (b.1939) Norwegian actress of international renown, especially noted for the nine films she made with Ingmar Bergman. Three-time winner Best actress, New York Film Critics (1972, 1974, 1976).
Bruce Willis (b.1955) actor, recording artist, restaurant entrepreneur. Born on a military base in Germany (the heart of the Reformation!), the future movie star moved to Carney's Point New Jersey, where he attended (and was later confirmed at) Trinity Lutheran Church. Active in theater at New Jersey's own Montclair State College, Bruce's breakthrough role came in 1985 with the hit television show Moonlighting.Making an astonishingly successful transition to the silver screen, a full six of his films have grossed over $100,000,000: The Sixth Sense (1999),Armageddon(1998),Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995), Pulp Fiction (1994), Die Hard 2: Die Harder (1990), and Look Who's Talking (1989). As a recording artist, his 1986 album The Return of Bruno spawned the hit Respect Yourself, which hit number 5 in January of 1987. With fellow action-hero icons Arnold Schwarzengger and Sylvester Stallone, Bruce co-founded the famous restaurant chain Planet Hollywood. Although his current denominational affiliation is unknown, our confirmands can take comfort in this: even a world-famous action hero like Bruce Willis once had to learn Luther's Small Catechism.
Steve Zahn (b.1968) Steve appeared as a member of the (fictional) pop band The Wonders in the Tom Hanks feature film That Thing You Do! (1996), and in the Ben Stiller feature Reality Bites (1994). Before embarking upon his acting career, Steve studied for a year at the ELCA's Gustavus Adolphus College in his home state of Minnesota.
Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472-1553) German court painter; member of the council of Wittenberg and later its mayor; friend of Martin Luther and sponsor of the Reformer's oldest son. An early champion of the Reformation, this well-known an prolific artist is now especially known for his woodcuts and portraits of the Reformers.
Rita Mae Brown (b.1944) prolific author of novels, poetry, articles, book reviews, teleplays and screenplays. Her works include Outfoxed (2000), Bingo (1988), and The Hand That Cradles the Rock (1971). The author has also had a series of successful collaborations with her cat, Sneaky Pie Brown, on the Mrs. Murphy Mystery series, which include Murder, She Meowed (1996) and the forthcoming Pawing Thru the Past (April 2000).
Alfred Rehwinkel - Author of "The Flood", an outstanding refutation of the evolutionists and astronomers who wish to deny the Biblical account of Creation and the Flood. Husband of Bessie Rehwinkel ( see entry on her under Physicians )
Mary Manz Simon (b.1948) The wife of an LCMS pastor and mother of three, Dr. Simon is best known as one of Lutheranism's foremost educators and writers of religious literature for children. A teacher with a doctoral degree in education (specializing in early childhood education), Dr. Simon has taught from the preschool to graduate school. Among her dozens of books for children are Little Visits with Jesus (1995), and the new Hear Me Read series from Concordia Publishing House, featuring Bible stories that can be read out loud by children aged 2-6 (Level 1) and 5-9 (Level 2).
Peter Beskendorf a.k.a."Peter the Master Barber" (d.1538) The man with the shears that lowered the ears of Martin Luther. One of Luther's oldest and closest friends in Germany, Luther wrote his classic pamphlet A Simple Way to Pray (1535) in response to Peter's question of how someone could pray without being bothered by worldly distractions.
Elke Sommer (born Elke Schletz in 1940) actress and painter who has appeared in over 90 motion pictures, including The Prize (1963) and Shot in the Dark (1964). In 1959, 19-year old Elke won Italy's Miss Viarrego beauty pageant.
Robert G. Hoerber (1918-1996), pastor; professor of exegetical theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis (1974-1989). In addition to working as a translator for The Holy Bible: New King James Version, Dr. Hoerber served as the general editor of The Concordia Self-Study Bible (CPH, 1986), a Lutheran revision of The NIV Study Bible.
Richard Charles Henry Lenski (1864-1936) Prussian born American scholar. A prolific writer and editor, Dr. Lenski today is best remembered for his classic conservative "Interpretation of..." New Testament commentary series, first published by Wartburg Press.
Ralph A. Bohlmann (b.1932) theologian; seminary professor and president of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis; ninth president of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Author of Principles of Biblical Interpretation in the Lutheran Confessions.
Martin Stephan (1777-1846) German-born pastor and leader of the Saxon immigrants to Missouri who later formed the nexus of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Deposed in 1839, he was sent upriver to Illinois, where he continued to preach and minister until his death.
C. F. W. Walther (1811-1887) German immigrant and American pastor; theologian; author; hymn writer; professor and president, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis; first (and third!) president of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. One of the founding fathers of the Missouri Synod and one of the greatest American theologians of any age.
Will Herzfeld, ELCA pastor. Perhaps the best known African American Lutheran leader, Rev. Herzfeld has also served as pastor in the LCMS, AELC. Worked with Martin Luther King, Jr. in the pursuit of civil rights for African Americans.
Dana Carvey (b.1952) comedian and actor known especially for his gift of mimicry. Former member of Saturday Night Live (1986-1993), where he created many numerous characters, including "The Church Lady." His film credits include the mega-hit Wayne's World and its sequel.
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) German church musician. One of the greatest composers of all time, known especially for his organ compositions, his chorales, the Mass in B Minor, and the Brandenburg Concertos.
Howard Hansen (1900-?) A native of Nebraska. Hanson became one of the most influential American composers, music educators, and music advocates of the last century; he was also a director of the Eastman School of Music (1924-1964).
Cindy McTee (b.1953) Award-winning American composer and music educator. Graduated from the ELCA's Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington (1975), where she later served as music professor (1981-1984). Currently Professor of Music at the University of Texas, Ms. McTee's compositions have been played by numerous orchestras and wind ensembles throughout the world.
Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809-1847) German composer; the grandson of Jewish philosopher Moses Mendelssohn. His many compositions include the famed incidental music to Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream and the Reformation Symphony (which utilizes the melody of Martin Luther's classic Reformation hymn, "A Mighty Fortress is Our God.")
Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706) German composer and church musician. An early model of J.S. Bach, his many compositions include cantatas, chorale pieces, canons, fugues, and preludes. Today he is especially known for his Canon in D (often simply referred to as Pachelbel's Canon).
David and Barbara Anderson of Fellowship Ministries, Phoeniz, AZ. Leaders in the movement to bring contemporary music styles into Lutheran worship services. Noted especially for The Other Song Book (1984; revised edition, 1987).
George Baum, pianist, singer-songwriter. Co-founder of Limb Records recording artist Lost and Found. Grand-prize winner of the 1998 John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Co-creator of the musical sub-genre "speedwood" (also known as "acoustic thrash."). George's brother Bill and sister-in law Brooke are ELCA pastors serving in the Northeast.
Michael D. Bridges, guitarist, singer-songwriter. Co-founder of Limb Records recording artist Lost and Found. Grand-prize winner of the 1998 John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Co-creator of the musical sub-genre "speedwood" (also known as "acoustic thrash.").
John Ylvisaker (b.1937) singer, recording artist and composer of contemporary hymns including "(I Was There to Hear Your) Borning Cry". His album Cool Livin' was an early attempt to reach out to young people with the Gospel, using a unique fusion of folk, jazz, modern lyrics, and occasional whimsy.
Armin H. Meyer, U.S. Ambassador to Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, and Japan (where he was appointed by President Richard Nixon). He lived in the Middle East for 27 years, and was a close personal friend with the Shah of Iran before the Shah's death.
Mary Hart, "Entertainment Tonight" host. Bears the distinction not only of outlasting all her male co-hosts on ET, but is the only Lutheran ever to have her legs insured by Lloyd's of London for a million dollars.
Steve Jobs - Co-founder of Apple Computer. He was apparently catechized as a teenager at Trinity Lutheran Church (LCMS) in Palo Alto, CA, but was never confirmed. Later in life, though, he became a Buddhist.
Rev. Henry Foege - one of the first white missionaries into the interior of Papua New Guinea; He later became the General Administrator of all Good Samaritan Nursing Homes in the midwest before his death.
John Peter Muhlenberg (1711-1787) pastor; U.S. Congressman; Brigadier General in the Continental Army during the American Revolution. The eldest son of Henry Melchoir Muhlenberg, he was a friend of US Presidents Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe.
Lauris Norstad (1907-1988) : became the Supreme Allied Commander of NATO in Europe (serving in that position from November 20, 1956 - January 1 1963). He held this position during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. Was the only Air Force officer to date to hold the position.
Martin Henry Scharlemann (1910-1982) U.S.A.F. Chaplain and Brigadier General; seminary professor and acting seminary president, Concordia Seminary St. Louis (1974); author and theologian. Some of his best writings can be found in the posthumous collection The Making of A Theologian (Concordia Seminary, 1984).
Jaroslav Jan Pelikan (b.1923) religious scholar and professor at Yale; former professor at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis; co-editor of the American Edition of Luther's Works (55 volumes) and author of the series' companion volume Luther the Expositor; converted to the Orthodox Church in the 1990s.
Dr. Paul Friedemann: The story of Dr. Paul Friedemann is recorded in 2 books and one manuscript: "Germans from Russia in Oklahoma," by Douglas Hale and "Bread for the Third Generation," by Jene Friedemann, and "Dr. Paul Friedemann, Oklahoma Humanitarian," by Andre DuChateau. He was among the first German Lutheran settlers in Oklahoma and a member of the Friedens Kirche of Marena, Oklahoma, located 10 miles west of Stillwater. This later became Salem Lutheran Church of Stillwater. Dr. Friedemann's genealogical connection to J.S. Bach will be the feature of an article in "Bach Perspectives, Vol. 6, University of Nebraska Press," to be released in the Summer of 1992 and will be authored by leading Bach scholar, Christoph Wolff. Dr. Friedemann was the founder and one-time post master of Kiel, Oklahoma, which was later renamed Loyal, Oklahoma due to anti-german sentiments during W.W.II.
Gerhard Tersteegen (1697-1769) Onetime German merchant and ribbon weaver; ascetic who later became a popular preacher and teacher; poet and devotional writer. Wrote many hymns, including "God Himself is Present."
Ted Drews, tennis pro; founder, Ted Drews ice cream. For generations, St. Louisans have cooled off to Ted's terrific soft serve (served with a scoop!) and filled themselves with an ice-cold concrete. For years Ted was involved with the athletic program at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.
Marvin M. Schwan (1929-1993) businessman; founded Schwan's Sales Enterprises, Inc. in 1952. Known for their yellow home delivery trucks, Schwan's Delicious Fine Foods is known nation-wide for their quality and service. An active layman during his life, Mr. Schwan left a charitable trust which helps benefit conservative Lutheran institutions and entities .
Herman John Otten (b.1933) pastor; religious journalist; conservative advocate; marathon runner. Founder, publisher and editor of Christian News. Author of Baal or God. Editor of The Christian News Encyclopedia and publisher of The Holy Bible: An American Translation (1976) and the new English edition of C.F.W. Walther's classic Pastoral Theology (1995). Perhaps the most influential Lutheran conservative in American today.
Martin Emil Marty (b.1928) pastor; church historian; theologian; seminary professor; prolific author; senior editor of the Christian Century. One of the foremost religious scholars of the 20th Century.
Richard John Neuhaus (b.1936) pastor; author; social commentator; research institute president; editor of the journal First Things. A longtime Lutheran, Reverend Neuhaus later converted to Roman Catholicism and was ordained a priest in 1991.
William F. Arndt (1880 -1957) seminary professor of exegetical theology, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis; Greek Scholar; author. Co-editor of the standard reference A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature.
Frederick W. Danker (b.1920) seminary professor of exegetical theology, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis; Greek Scholar; author. Co-editor of the second edition of the standard reference A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature.
Edwin Meese III, lawyer; Counselor to the President of the United States (1981-1985); U.S. Attorney General (1985-1988); currently holds The Ronald Reagan Chair in Public Policy at The Heritage foundation in Washington, D.C.
Arthur A. Just, Jr. (b.1953) pastor; exegete; seminary professor, Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN. The author of a two volume commentary on Luke (1996/97), Dr. Just is a former pastor of Grace Lutheran Church, Middletown, CT.
F. Melius Christiansen, founder of the St. Olaf Choir and renowned for his a capella settings of hymns, and his sons Olaf, who succeeded him at St. Olaf and also composed some beautiful setting and Paul J., who founded the music program at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, and followed the family tradition of being an outstanding choral conductor and composer.
Kurt Elling (b.1967) jazz musician; Grammy nominated recording artist for Blue Note Records. Kurt is a graduate of the ELCA's Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota and later attended Divinity School at the University of Chicago before embarking on a career as a jazz singer. His vocal styling have been praised by none other than the great Artie Shaw.
Kris Kristofferson (b.1936) singer-songwriter, actor, Rhodes Scholar, country music icon, and former professor at West Point. Along with Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, and Waylon Jennings, Kris formed the classic group The Highwaymen. His many film credits include A Star Is Born (with Barbara Streisand) and The Sailor Who Fell From Grace with the Sea. Thankfully, God's grace is boundless.
Gary Lewis (b.1946), drummer, vocalist, bandleader, and recording artist. Founder of the 60's hit sensation Gary Lewis and the Playboys whose 1965 recording "This Diamond Ring" shot to number one. Between 1965 and 1966, the group scored 7 Top 10 hits, and by the end of the 1960s had placed 15 songs in Billboard's hot 100.
Lyle Pearce Lovett (b.1957) singer-songwriter; recording artist; actor. His great-great maternal grandfather was one of the founding members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Klein, Texas (established 1873). Lyle's third album, Joshua Judges Ruth (1992) neatly lists in order the three books of the Old Testament between Deuteronomy and 1 Samuel. His next album I Love Everybody (1994) further reflects a knowledge of the Scripture and God's call in Leviticus 19:18 (later referenced by Christ): "Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself." It's also a good application of all of 1 Corinthians 13, where St. Paul says, "ÉBut the greatest of these is love."
John Mellancamp (b.1951) musician, singer, recording artist, songwriter, painter. His many hits include "Jack and Diane," and "Small Town." With Neil Young and Willie Nelson, John founded Farm Aid, a non-profit organization for farm assistance.
Ethel Merman - According to her story on the A&E program
"Biography" aired April 22, 2000, she was born Ethel Zimmerman to Lutheran
parents in New York. Trained as a stenographer, she took an inteerest in
singing at a young age and eventually used Ethel Merman ( dropping the "Zim"
from her name ) as a stage name to hide her singing jobs from her parents.
Michael Peterson, country music star. A skilled athlete, Michael entered the ELCA's Pacific Lutheran University on a football scholarship, where he was help win a national championship as a left offensive tackle. He is currently one of the hottest young stars in country music.
James Thiele ( 1930-1997 ) Senior Organist at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Flinders Street, Adelaide, South Australia, for nearly 50 years and was one of the leading Lutheran organists in Australia. In 1996 he recieved an Order of Australia Medal for his contributions to the music of the Lutheran Church and was also involved with producing the Australian Lutheran Hymnal.
Beate Klarsfeld - An Austrian Lutheran woman who, with her French Jewish husband, began a long campaign to bring Nazi war criminals to justice shortly after the end of WWII. Her most famous case was the capture of Klaus Barbie.
Cliff Johnson, retired veteran broadcaster for CBS radio, whose career began in 1934 at radio station KSOO in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Cliff attended Augustana College in Sioux Falls and Concordia University in River Forest. Recently he recorded his first CD Passages to Peace, where he reads selections of the Bible in his unique storytelling style.
Bessie Rehwinkel : A woman physician in America during the early 1900's. She practiced in Wyoming when it was still a new frontier and was confronted with the daily struggles of pioneer life. While there, she treated a young Lutheran student pastor, Alfred Rehwinkel. They were married and served for a while in rural Canada. They were married for over 50 years and served as a faculty family at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis.
Dr. Albert Schweitzer - Born the son of a Lutheran pastor, he was ordained to the Office of the Holy Ministry and served as Pastor of St. Nikolai's Church in Strasbourg. He later gave up the ministry in favor of medicine and devoted the rest of his life to helping the poor and sick. He is also well known as an accomplished organist and his arrangements of the works of J.S. Bach ( some of which were done along with Charles M. Widor ) are still in print and enjoyed to this day.
John Hanson - Regarded by some as the first President
of the United States, he was elected in 1781 under the Articles of Confederation,
not our present Consititution, and served a one year term. His father was
a Lutheran pastor.
Jacob Aall Ottesen Preus (R) - former governer of Minnesota
(1921-1925) and father of two other entries on our list - J.A.O. Preus (former
LCMS President) and Robert Preus (former president of Concordia Theological
Frederick Augustus Conrad Muhlenberg (1750-1801) Ordained a Lutheran
minister in Pennsylvania, he went on to become a member of the Continental
Congress and, after the Constitution went into effect, served as the Speaker
of the House during the First and Third Congresses.
Walter A. Maier (1893-1950) pastor; exegete; seminary professor; author; religious broadcaster. One of the best-known radio evangelists of his day, cited by Billy Graham as an early influence. Founder of and first speaker of The Lutheran Hour.
Martin Chemnitz (1522-1586) German pastor; seminary professor; defender of the faith. His classic Examination of the Council of Trent is the definitive Lutheran response to the Counter-Reformation of the Roman Catholic Church. As a theologian, second in greatness only to Martin Luther.
Martin Luther (1483-1546) German Doctor of the Church; pastor; professor, the University of Wittenberg; prolific author; hymn writer; Bible translator; Biblical scholar; hero of the faith. His 95 Theses, nailed on the front door of the Castle Church at the University of Wittenberg on October 31, 1517 caused a firestorm which resulted in The Reformation. His importance in the history of Western Christianity and Western Civilization is immense. In the opinion of many, one the greatest theologian of all time.
Philip Melancthon (1497-1560) German theologian; professor, the University of Wittenberg; author; Reformation leader. A colleague and friend of Luther's, he is the author of the Augsburg Confession and the Loci Communes.
Heinrich Hertz (1857-1894) : One of the pioneering scientists in the area of electromagnetics. His groundbreaking work on electromagnetic wave propagation paved the way for the development of wireless telegraphy and radio, among other applications. The standard unit of frequency - the Hertz - is named in his honor.
Robert David Preus (1924-1995) seminary professor, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis; president, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne; theologian and author. One of the foremost authorities of Post-Reformation Lutheranism, and one of the greatest religious scholars of the twentieth century.
John Henry Tietjen (b.1928) pastor; president of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis (1969-1974) and Christ Seminary-Seminex (1974-1983); former Executive Director of the Division of Public Relations, The Lutheran Council in the U.S.A. His Memoirs in Exile is an important inside look at the internal conflict within the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod in the late 1960's and early 1970's, conflict which led to the formation of Seminex (1974-1983) and the Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches (1976-1987). The AELC was a chief catalyst in the formation of America's third largest religious body, the ELCA.
Lou Gehrig, famed baseball player whose life was cut short
by the disease that now bears his name. According to his biography, he was
raised in a very devout Lutheran household and in another book ("Giants
of the Polo Ground") an encounter is reported where he is asked by a NYC
reporter if he is Jewish - he proudly replied that he was Lutheran !
Lee Goren - college forward on the University of North Dakota's Fighting Sioux Hockey Team. A native of Winnepeg Manitoba, he was drafted in the third round of the 1997 draft by the Boston Bruins. He led the Sioux in scoring with 26 goals in 1998-99 and led the NCAA in goals in 2000 with 34, earning the Most Outstanding Player honors in the title game victory over Boston College.
Paul Hinrichs - went to school at Concordia College St.
Paul and played with the Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees and Boston Red
Sox. He graduated from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis and became
a parish pastor after playing two more
years after graduation.
Dave Hoffman - Grandson of Dr. Oswald Hoffman. Two-time All-American linebacker at the Univ. of Washington; was drafted by the Chicago Bears and played with the Pittsburgh Steelers and the World Football League.
Tom Landry (1924-2000), legendary former coach of the Dallas Cowboys (1960-1988), who led the team to Super Bowl wins in 1972 and 1978. Coach Landry ranks third on the NFL's All-Time Win List, claiming 270 gridiron victories. As a Lutheran layman, Mr. Landry has been a major supporter and fundraiser for Concordia Univerity in Austin, Texas.
Richard (Dick) Walther Siebert: son of Professor E.G. Richard Siebert of Concordia College, St. Paul, played baseball with St. Louis Cardinals and later played for Connie Mack's Philadelphia Athletics. Coached basketball at Concordia St. Paul and became head baseball coach at the University of Minnesota in 1947. In recognition of his 30-year coaching success at Minnesota, including three NCAA baseball championships, in 1979 the university named its baseball facility Siebert Field, four months after his death in 1978.
Garrison Keillor (b.1942) humorist; host and creator, A Prairie Home Companion (1974-present); inductee Radio Hall of Fame (1994); author of Lake Wobegon Days (1985) and nine other titles; icon of National Public Radio. There is some conflicting information on his present religious affiliation, though.
The Cooper Family from the sitcom One Day at a Time (1975-1984). Featuring Bonnie Franklin, Mackenzie Philips and Valerie Bertinelli (as Barbara, the girl you always wanted to join your church Youth Group). Set in Indiana, it's a natural that this family would be Lutheran (as was confirmed in at least one episode). No word on the denominational affiliation of handyman Snyder, though.
The Hansen Family (Davey, Sally, their mom and dad, and Goliath [their large dog of indeterminate breed]) from the Clokey Production Davey and Goliath. Claymation with a spiritual bent; Lutheran-produced (by one of the predecessor bodies of the ELCA) and created by the makers of the one and only Gumby! Hum along with "A Mighty Fortress" while Davey launches his toy rocket over the opening credits! (episodes of this classic series can now be purchased from The Program Source International. P.O. Box 444, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303 · 810-333-2010).
Rose Nylund ( "The Golden Girls" ) from St. Olaf Minnesota. ( Played by Betty White. ) No mention of her synodical affiliation is given in the show, but that she is a Lutheran was confirmed in at least one episode where Dorothy ( Bea Arthur ) is heard to tell her : "Rose, how would you like to be the first Lutheran on the moon?!?!?"
Woody Boyd (played by Woody Harrelson) from the classic sitcom Cheers (1982-1993), In one particularly memorable episode ( episode #251 according to one Cheers Guide on the 'net ) Woody (a Missouri-Synod Lutheran) faces a crisis of faith and conscience: should he (or shouldn't he) marry his fiancée, a member of the ELCA. Some of the more notable differences between the two denominations are broadly played, with hilarious results. A memorable moment of the dialogue went something like :
Francis Pieper (1852-1931) Prussian-born American dogmatic theologian; professor and president of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis; president of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod; author of the classic work of systematic theology Christliche Dogmatik (3 volumes plus index, 1917-1924).
Paul Tillich (1886-1965) Americanized German-born theologian; army chaplain during WWI; seminary professor. The son of a Lutheran pastor, Rev. Tillich became one of the most foremost theologians of the first half of the twentieth century.
Thanks to the following individuals and organizations for their help in obtaining information for this list:
The American Lutheran Publicity Bureau, whose devotional For All the Saints (4 volumes, 1994-1995) both provided the basis for many of the biographical synopses for saints of the past and served as inspiration for this project;
In addition to the above individuals and organizations, other sources for information have included Lutheran Cyclopedia edited by Erwin L. Lueker (CPH, 1954; Revised edition, 1975); as well as various internet search engines, home pages, websites, and leads from numerous Lutheran pastors, parishoners, and cybersurfers.
NOTE : Update policy on this listing: We are temporarily not accepting new additions to the listing. Corrections to errors in the list are welcome, though. Please remember that confirmable verification ( e.g. newspaper or magazine article, official website, etc. ) must be supplied before we can consider any updated information. Information that is not accompanied by a verifiable reference cannot be considered. This adherence to academic standards of reference helps ensure accuracy and safeguards the integrity of our list.