Matthias Loy: A Biographical Sketch

Professor Matthias Loy

Rev. Professor Matthias Loy, D.D.

The subject of this sketch was born of German parents in Cumberland Co., Pa., in 1828. He was educated at Harrisburg, Pa., and Columbus, Ohio. In 1849 he received and accepted a call as pastor of the German-English Lutheran congregation at Columbus, Ohio.

In 1860 he was elected President of the Joint Synod of Ohio, etc., which position he occupied consecutively until 1878, when he declined re-election on account of failing health, but in 1880 he was again elected President, and has occupied the position since. In 1864 he was chosen as editor of the Lutheran Standard, and has continued as such until the present. In 1865 he was called as Professor of Theology in Columbus Seminary, Columbus Ohio., which position he still holds. Besides the editing of the Lutheran Standard he also edits Columbus Theological Magazine, a bi-monthly established by him in 1881.

In 1881 he was elected to the Presidency of Capital University, Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Loy has contributed largely to Lutheran reviews and periodicals, both German and English. He has edited a number of books and translated several into English. He is the author of Doctrine of Justification; Ministerial Office; Sermons on Gospels; Story of My Life.

This biography is taken from Jens Jensson’s American Lutheran Biographies, published 1890.

First published online 2019 at

Matthias Loy
Matthias Loy

President of the Joint Synod of Ohio, the Columbus Seminary and Capital University, and edited the Lutheran Standard and the Columbus Theological Magazine. In 1881 he withdrew the Joint Synod from the Synodical Conference as a result of Walther’s teaching about predestination.