Mankato's Evangelical Lutheran Church beginnings
January 30, 2020
If a new community is built and people are to be reached, then a congregation must be established.
On Dec. 14, 1872, at the courthouse located in Jewell Center, Kansas, (now Mankato) a meeting was called to establish a congregation. Eleven voting members were present. John J. Abbie was elected foreman and Jacob Tonning as secretary. The group resolved to affiliate with the Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Synod. A letter received said there would be a visit by Pastor G. Erdakh. He arrived for his visit in the spring of 1873.
When the congregation was organized, there was not a perma...