While the people of the America in this book may be no more, there remains a comfort in learning about that far-away age of not long ago through the eyes of a man with a true pastor’s heart.
George H. Gerberding was born in Pittsburgh in 1847. He served as a missionary and pastor in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Fargo, North Dakota, and as president of the Lutheran Synod of the Northwest and of the Chicago Synod. He was a professor at the Chicago Lutheran Seminary and Northwestern Lutheran Seminary. He died in 1927.1
Rev. Gerberding’s best-known book is The Way of Salvation in the Lutheran Church. An excellent version is available online, and is worth seeking out. But Gerberding wrote a handful of other books, one of which is this Lutheran Church in the Country, published in 1916. While the people of that America may be no more, there remains a comfort in learning about that far-away age of not so long ago through the eyes of a man with a true pastor’s heart.
- Lutheran Cyclopedia. ^