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West, Evangelical Lutheran Synod of the.

For beginnings see Kentucky Synod, 2; name Ev. Luth. Syn. of the West adopted 1835 (Syn. of the West I); included Tenn., Kentucky, Indiana Illinois, and parts of Ohio, Missouri, Iowa, and Wisconsin Joined The General* Syn. of the Ev. Luth. Ch. in the USA 1841. Split 1846 into Ev. Luth. Syn. of Illinois,* Syn. of the Southwest,* and Ev. Luth. Syn. of the West (Syn. of the West II). Shortly thereafter in 1846 a few mems. of the Syn. of the West (II), suspecting a move to attach that syn. to the Gen. Syn., withdrew and organized the Ger. Ev. Luth. Syn. of Indianapolis.* Some mems. of the Syn. of the West (II) were absorbed by the Miami* Syn. and by the Olive Branch Syn. (see Indiana Synod, Northern; United Lutheran Church in America, The, Synods of, 8). The ch. at Ft. Wayne, Indiana, of which W. Sihler* was pastor, helped form the Mo. Syn. 1847 and with ratification of its delegate action severed its connection with the Syn. of the West (II). There is no record of any further meeting of the Syn. of the West (II).

J. B. Gardner, “The Synod of the West,” CHIQ I. No. 4 (January 1929), 84–91.

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