We continue with a series of biographies of the pastors who attended the reorganization convention of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod in 1918. There is evidence for the presence of at least thirteen pastors along with two hundred guests at this convention.
In 1918, J. E. Thoen was farming near Oklee, Minnesota, having served several Norwegian Synod parishes and as the principal of the Norwegian Synod’s Albert Lea Academy, 1903-14. Following the synod’s reorganization in 1918, Pastor Thoen served Our Savior’s Lutheran Church near Amherst Junction, Wisconsin. He is remembered as a proliﬁc author who clearly expounded the Biblical teaching of salvation through Christ alone in the face of the unbiblical teaching of Opgjør. From 1930-39 he was the editor of the synod’s newspapers: the Evangelisk Luthersk Tidende and the Lutheran Sentinel. Having married Caja Wulfsberg, he was a brother-in-law to the Rev. Christian Anderson. He died in 1947.
In 1918, G. P. Nesseth was a pioneer pastor who helped to organize many congregations in a newly opened mission ﬁeld in northern Minnesota. In 1918, he quietly and faithfully was serving ﬁve congregations. Among these was Gran Lutheran Church where the log church is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Lengby. He married Bertha Moen. He died in 1937.