Organized November 4, 1855, in Copenhagen, Den., by N. P. Grunnet* for confessional reasons; organized at a time when practically all religious restrictions had been removed in Den. and when rationalism,* Grundtvigianism (see Denmark, Lutheranism in, 8), and S. A. Kierkegaard's* attacks on official Christianity were making an impact on the ch. Many critics remained in the ch.; some joined sectarian movements; others became enemies of the ch.; a few joined the Luth. free ch. movement.
In 1888 N. P. Grunnet's son Waldemar, who had studied in Am., became his father's asst. When he came to be regarded as his father's successor, some withdrew 1895 and formed the United Ev. Luth. Free Congs. of Den. (De forenede evangelisklutherske frimenigheder i Danmark). In 1900 J. M. Michael, who had studied at Conc. Sem., St. Louis, and had been sent as miss. to Hamburg, Ger., was called to serve at Helsingör (Elsinore). In 1967 the Ev. Luth. Free Ch. in Den. numbered 7 congs., 212 mems. This body is supported by the LCMS
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