Milestone Achievement for Fort Wayne Landmark

By Eric Olson

January 6, 2012 Updated Jan 6, 2012 at 2:42 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Indiana (Indiana's NewsCenter)--Few Fort Wayne landmarks enjoy the stature or longevity of St. Paul’s Lutheran church, celebrating this year its 175th anniversary.

St Paul’s was formed on October 14th 1837 by 23 German Fort Wayne families led Henry Rudisill. The first church was a small wood frame building but fifty years later a new church was built, essentially the structure that stands today except for a fire that gutted the place in 1903. The rebuilt sanctuary was dedicated in 1905 and has served the congregation ever since.

Pastor Peter Cage says education is an inseparable arm of the Lutheran mission. St. Paul’s parochial school right across the street has served this city since the church was founded, evidence of just how closely Lutheranism embraces education.

“There’s often this conflict between faith and science,” says pastor Peter Cage. “I understand that point of view but I really don’t agree with it. Let’s study the stars let’s look inside the human body. With all these created marvelous things around us let’s understand them.”

To this day St. Paul’s is called the ‘mother church’, it is to this place Allen County’s eight other Lutheran churches trace their own roots. It’s a history that has left an indelible mark on this city, and one that will be celebrated joyously as St. Paul’s enters its second 175 years of service. This is Eric Olson reporting.

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