The LDA is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2019. Click below to read stories of our 100 years of service.

09 Dec

Within the context of expanding the diversity of ministry, and seeking to be flexible and responsive to the needs of church and world, the Lutheran Deaconess...

02 Dec

Historically, deaconess students were required to have a Bachelor’s degree in Theology, along with taking classes in deaconess studies.  As the educational...

18 Nov

The following article was written and compiled by Deaconess Diane Greve The social norms of our society often inform our own worldview.  The LDA has known...

11 Nov

This story was presented at the LDA’s Centennial Banquet on Friday, November 8, 2019, written by Marilyn and read by Deaconess Eva Schindhelm. While...

04 Nov

The following article was written by Deaconess Dawn Riske, with input from Deaconesses Robie Hillhouse and Edie Eickemeyer It has been overheard: “Oh, I...

28 Oct

The following article was written by Deaconess Diane Marten. How do you become a deaconess or deacon? How does the LDA prepare people for diaconal ministry?...

23 Oct

The following article was written by Deaconess Edie Eickemeyer, with input from "my classmates, more seasoned deaconesses, a couple of theology department...

14 Oct

Last week we read a document from the 1950s for deaconesses about to start in their first ministry call.  We had a request to see the document sent to...

08 Oct

The following was taken from an LDA “Manual for Deaconesses”, written in the 1950s and given to those who were preparing to enter their first call after...

02 Oct

(Thank you to Deaconess Norma Cook Everist who provided the background information for this post) As the LDA celebrates its 100th anniversary, we also mark...

24 Sep

Deborah Kolke Nebel was born on December 1, 1949, in Cleveland, Ohio. Around the 10th grade, Deborah saw some info on a bulletin board about deaconess...

20 Sep

Sheryl Andreasen was born on July 11th, 1955 in St. Paul, Minnesota. Growing up with her two sisters, Linda and Lori, she learned to adapt well to change after...

09 Sep

Peggy Shea, Sprat, & Susan Wendorf Blanche Spratley, affectionately known as “Sprat”, was the beloved cook at Deaconess Hall for 13 ½ years, from...

02 Sep

At the age of 11, after the sudden death of her father, Norma Cook moved with her mother and sister to Mason City, Iowa, where Bethlehem Lutheran Church...

26 Aug

(The following was written by Deaconess Edie Hovey) Edie was born in Cleveland, Ohio and raised in its suburbs. She attended Lutheran grade school and...

19 Aug

Following are excerpts from a talk given by Dr. James W. Albers, VU Professor Emeritus, at the LDA Annual Meeting on November 3, 2018.  They continue the...

12 Aug

Shirley Groh was born in Mason City, Iowa. She heard about Deaconess work through students on the Valparaiso campus during her freshman year. She was impressed...

05 Aug

The following was written by Deaconess Jean Wildegrube. "Becoming a Deaconess" I was baptized at True Light Lutheran Church in Chinatown, NY when I was...

30 Jul

Elaine Albers Plackner was born in 1941 in Columbus, Georgia, daughter of Lutheran Pastor Edgar and Gertrude Albers.  In 1959, at the urging of her father,...

23 Jul

Through the years, there have been many questions regarding the relationship between the LDA and Valparaiso University (VU). This week’s article contains...

16 Jul

Margaret Heine was born in 1939, the oldest of ten children, in Pasadena, California and grew up on the plains of Kansas and Colorado.  She attended St....

24 Jun

This week we feature a current story about Deaconess Corrine Vogel and her ministry of caring for foster children. Following are excerpts from an article...

17 Jun

One of the most hotly debated issues in the history of the LDA was deaconess uniforms.  Following is the text of a letter sent to all deaconesses on October...

03 Jun

Evelyn Middelstadt was born in 1928 in Anoka, Minnesota and grew up on a dairy farm near Elk River.  She learned about serving others from the beginning of...

30 May

Pastor Arne Kristo was born in Detroit, Michigan.  He graduated from Wayne State University in 1942 and Concordia Seminary, St. Louis in 1945.  He was the...

20 May

Much of the following history is excerpted from a paper written by Deaconess Wilma Kucharek in 1976 for a course at Valparaiso University, taught by Professor...

13 May

Deaconess Jean Hoover was born in October 1927 in Ontario, Canada. She attended various schools in Ontario and then enrolled in the deaconess training program...

06 May

Addie Wilkins was born in 1933 in Gleason, TN, one of 10 children. She attended the Weakley County Training School, then Harris Stowe College. She took...

29 Apr

The Deaconess Conference (as it was originally called) was organized in 1934 at a meeting held at the Bethesda Home, Watertown, Wisconsin. A preliminary...

22 Apr

Otto Paul Kretzmann was born in Stamford, Connecticut in 1901 and grew up in New York City in a Lutheran family. His father, grandfather, and five brothers...
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