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

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...

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,...
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