History and Archives

The Indiana District Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS), originally the Central District, was organized in 1857 in Fort Wayne. This online collection consists of various pictures during numerous conventions of the district, and pictures of the leaders and officers of the church body as well as church buildings. A number of the earlier conventions were held on the campus of Concordia Theology Seminary in Fort Wayne.

The Indiana District LCMS archives collection at the district’s office in Fort Wayne also includes copies of various historical documents of The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS). Those historical documents include the original constitution of both the synod and the Central District, and also a copy of the original catechism used by F.C.D. Wyneken who served as a missionary in the Northeastern Indiana area and then became the second president of the LCMS. If available, congregations that have closed, official acts of the congregation, i.e. baptisms, confirmations, weddings and births, have been included in the district’s archival collection.

Want to see photos?

Now you can view pictures from the Indiana District archives online through the services of the Allen County Public Library.

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