Included as background material are the history of Christianity in Sweden, the introduction of Lutheranism in Sweden, and the formation of the Augustana Synod in the United States. Learn about Ansgar ("Apostle of the North"), King Gustaf Vasa ("Father of Sweden"), and Gustavus Adolphus ("Lion from the North"). Discover colleges founded by the Swedes--which ones survived, which ones did not, and why.
Be prepared to be surprised by answers to such questions as: Who was allowed to join the church? How often was Communion offered? How much was the pastor's salary and pension? What did the seminarians call the women's dorm at Augustana College? How long did congregations use Swedish before switching to English?
Each congregation's history is unique, but all illustrate the determination of laypeople to establish a church in their midst. Throughout the book we see a common thread: people yearning to hear, and pastors eager to proclaim, the gospel of Jesus Christ. This is the inspiring story of the men and women who by shear grit and steadfast faith established the church where there was none.
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About the Author
Haverlah is happily married to Rachel. Their two grown children are married with children of their own, four grandsons, in whom he delights when not busy writing.