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

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...
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