2018 Evangelical and Reformed Historical Society Annual Meeting
and Related Events in St. Louis, MO
The German Church on the Western Frontier

Additional Details

Activities will begin at noon on Friday, September 21st, at Eden Theological Seminary in Webster Groves, MO. Tour the Eden Seminary Archives, which include The Evangelical Synod Archives, and hear about the history of the Seminary. Then be transferred to the Deaconess Center for Child-Well Being in the City of St. Louis, the new home of two of the originally Evangelical institutions that later became part of the Evangelical and Reformed denomination before becoming part of the United Church of Christ. Hear about these agencies, their history and the changes they have experienced over the years. Transfer back to Eden Seminary.

The activities on Saturday will begin at 1:00 PM at St. Johns EUCC in Mehlville, MO. View heritage displays at St. Johns before the formal events begin. Attend a brief ERHS business meeting, followed by two presentations:

  • The History of the Evangelical Synod presented by Scott Holl, Archivist at Eden Theological Seminary, the home of the Archives of the Evangelical Synod of North America.
  • Ministries of Christ’s Love: Theology and Mission in Historical Perspective: A panel discussion on the history and the 100+ years of evolution of the missions of several originally German Evangelical institutions that were established to care for people in need in Missouri and Illinois and still continue today. Rev. William Schwab will moderate panel participants representing:

Emmaus Homes

Every Child’s Hope

Hoyleton Youth and Family Services

Deaconess Faith Community Nurse Ministries

Enjoy a break with refreshments between the two presentations.

Advance Registration for the September 21 – 22 events. See event schedule below.

Registration is $20 per person.

In order to guarantee a spot on the transportation to the Deaconess Center on Friday, registration is required by 09/12/18. Advance registration for Saturday is appreciated, but not required.

Option 1: Download the registration form and mail completed form with a check made payable to ERHS to:

555 West James St
Lancaster PA 17603

Option 2: You may also make payment through PayPal below and follow up with an email to erhs@lancasterseminary.edu with your name, address, and the following information.

Please indicate the number of people you are registering.

___ Plan to attend the events of both days.

___ Plan to attend only the Sept. 21 pre-meeting event (at Eden Seminary and Deaconess Center).

___ Plan to attend only the Sept. 22 annual meeting and presentations (at St. John’s Evangelical UCC).

Option 3: You may register via email as described in Option 2 and pay via credit card at the registration table on Friday.

Non-members of ERHS are welcome to attend!

On Sunday you are invited to attend worship at one of our historically significant churches. A list with some suggestions will be available at the meeting.


Friday pre-meeting programming – Eden Theological Seminary visit and excursion to the newly opened Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being

Meet at the Press Building at Eden Theological Seminary, 475 East Lockwood Ave, Webster Groves, MO  63119. There is designated Visitor Parking on the east side of the Press Building and additional parking beyond that to the north.  Do not park in areas designated as Webster University parking.

12:00-1:00     Check-in / registration at the Press Building

12:15-1:15     Open House in Archives with Scott Holl, Eden Archives

1:15-1:45     Hear about the History of Eden Theological Seminary

2:00             Depart for the new Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being where we will hear about the history of the Deaconess Hospital/Deaconess Fund and Neighborhood Houses (recently re-branded as Unleashing Potential or “UP”). The missions of both organizations have evolved over the last 100+ years.

5:00            Estimated time to arrive back at Eden Seminary

A list of nearby recommended restaurants will be available.

Saturday afternoon annual meeting with two presentations at St. Johns Evangelical United Church of Christ, location of the meetings for the formation of the “Deutsche Evangelische Kirchenverein des Westens” in 1840. The original building from the frontier church founded in 1838 no longer exists. We’ll be meeting in a 20th Century building with a sanctuary that dates back to 1922. Find the church at the northwest corner of the intersection of I-55 and S. Lindbergh Blvd. at 11333 St. Johns Church Rd, Mehlville, MO  63123.  

12:30-1:00     Check-in / Registration. Opportunity to view some of St John’s heritage displays before the    meeting begins

1:00 – 1:30      Business Meeting of the general membership and visitors

1:30 – 2:30    “The History of the Evangelical Synod” presented by Scott Holl, Eden Archivist and Manager  of Genealogy and History at the St Louis County Library.

2:30 – 2:45     Refreshments and viewing of St. John’s heritage displays

2:45-4:00       “Theology and Mission in Historical Perspective” , a panel discussion, moderated by Rev. William Schwab. Panel participants include representatives from several of the social service institutions that were established by the Evangelical Synod and continue as part of the United Church of Christ today. Each organization has seen changes in its mission in over 100 years of its existence.


You are invited to attend worship at a local church on Sunday.  Some suggestions will be provided.

Check the Evangelical and Reformed Historical Society website (ERHS.info) for updates. For more information, contact Joy Dressel at jdressel@charter.net or 314-313-4040, or Lorin Cope at buckeyeohio@hotmail.com or 330-903-7711, or the ERHS office at erhs@lancasterseminary.edu or 717-290-8734.