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Nebraska, German Evangelical Lutheran District Synod of.

Johann M. Höckendorf (Hoeckendorf; Hökendorf; d. ca. 1877), former officer in the Prussian army and mem. of C. L. Geyer's* cong. at Lebanon, near Watertown, Wisconsin, was a delegate to the meeting at which the Mo. Syn. was organized. He took exception to I, 1 of the Const., which gave as a reason for forming a syn. organization the example of the apostolic ch. (Acts 15:1–31). Eventually he divided his home cong. and became pastor of ca. 100 adherents, est. a cong. at Ixonia, Wisconsin, ca. 3 mi. S of Lebanon. In 1866 a number of them moved to the site of the later city of Norfolk, Nebraska Höckendorf, their pastor till he died, was succeeded by Michael H. Pankow (May 26, 1852–July 11, 1936; b. Lebanon, Dodge Co., Wisconsin; educ. Northwestern U. [later called Northwestern Coll.], Watertown, Wisconsin, and Conc. Sem., Springfield, Illinois; pastor Norfolk, Nebraska, 1878–91, then in Wis. till 1917, when he retired), who joined the Wisconsin* Syn. 1881 and organized other congs. In course of time other pastors and congs. in Nebraska joined the Wis. Syn. In 1901 a Nebraska Dist. of the Wis. Syn. was tentatively organized; it was released from district membership in the Wis. Syn. and became the Ger. Ev. Luth. Dist. Syn. of Nebraska 1904; it joined The Ev. Luth. Joint Syn. of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, and other states 1905/06 and the Synodical* Conf. 1906/10; it became the Nebraska Dist. of the Ev. Luth. Joint Syn. of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, and Other States 1917. See also Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, 2, 3.

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