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

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...

15 Apr

Speakers at the groundbreaking service. Dr. O.P. Kretzmann is second from the left. Spectators at the groundbreaking for Deaconess Hall On May 13,...

08 Apr

Hertha Fischer was born in 1930 in New York City. At age seven, she tagged along as an older sibling attended confirmation class at St. Paul’s Lutheran...

02 Apr

Pastor Arnold Krentz In 1941, Superintendent Kohlmeier retired due to health reasons, and Pr. Arnold Krentz became Superintendent. He had served as a...

25 Mar

Florence Storck was born in 1914 in St. Louis, MO. She entered deaconess training at the training school in Ft. Wayne and was consecrated in June 1937. In her...
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