CTS Celebrates Wyneken’s 200th Birthday

The hands of time turned back to the mid 1800’s as attendees of The Wyneken Seminar at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, got a closer look at the life and times of F.C.D. Wyneken, a founding father of the seminary.

The participants came from several states, many from the congregations Wyneken served in the northern Indiana and Ohio area. Upon entering Sihler Hall guests were treated to a look at furniture from the Wyneken’s Indiana home and various artifacts from the congregations and preaching stations he served. There was also an extensive timeline display the chronicled Wyneken’s entire life including highlights of his service to German settlers, the seminary and the newly formed Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. On Saturday the group embarked on a tour of Lutheran historical sites in the Fort Wayne and Decatur area, including a festive birthday celebration at the Wyneken home on Winchester Road.

“I hope that CTS can sponsor additional seminars about our history. We learn so much more about who we are by studying where we came from. The seminar was inspiring and educational. It was even eye-opening as the speakers told us about the life and work of F.C.D. Wyneken,” said Rev. Richard Radtke, pastor emeritus, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne.

There is an online video of the presenters available to those who were unable to attend the seminar. Go to http://media.ctsfw.edu/ and choose Listen/View Conference Events, then choose Wyneken Conference 2010.


Article taken from For the Life of the World, a publication of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN.