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, C.N. Peterson took a firm stand with like-minded pastors to establish the Evangelical Lutheran Synod. At that time, he was a member of Fairview Lutheran Church in Minneapolis and was the solicitor for Norwegian Synod’s Board for Pensions. During his ministry, he served congregations in Iowa, South Dakota, and Minnesota. Among these were congregations in the area of Forest City, Iowa. He made the important arrangements for the minority pastors to meet at the Aberdeen Hotel in June 1917. He was the first secretary of the ELS, 1917-19, and at the same time was the first editor of the synod’s Norwegian language newspaper. From 1923 until his death, he lived at Fertile, Minnesota, and served several congregations. He married Anna Sander and following her death, Jeannette Thoreson. He died in 1959.
In 1918, L.P. Jensen was no longer serving a congregation. Earlier he served congregations at Hartland, Minnesota, and Thornton, Iowa, among others. He also served as the secretary of the Iowa District of the Norwegian Synod, 1907-14. In 1912, the “Madison Settlement” (Opgjør) was written, and by 1914, a minority of approximately one-third of the Norwegian Synod expressed their disagreement with the document. Among them was L.P. Jensen. Opgjør so distressed him that he resigned his call in 1914 and moved to Mankato, Minnesota, where he was employed as the field secretary for Bethany Ladies’ College. He was an essayist at the 1918 ELS convention. After the reorganization of the ELS, he served the congregation at Marshfield, Oregon. He also was the synod’s secretary, 1919-29. He married Anna Wilson and following her death, Marie Thompson. He died in 1933.