Standing Firm since 1882

In 1844, C.F.W. Walther founded the German magazine, Der Lutheraner, for the members of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS). Walther set out of a fourfold purpose for the newsletter: First, to make known the doctrine, treasures and history of the Lutheran Church. Second, to show how the Evangelical Lutheran Church is the true church of Jesus Christ on earth. Third, to help Lutherans know how to believe, live and die in the faith. Fourth, and finally, to uncover the false doctrine afflicting Lutherans of his time. Der Lutheraner served these purposes until the LCMS stopped publishing it in 1974.

Even though The Lutheran Witness was founded in 1882 by the English Synod of Missouri, Ohio, and Other States, it still carries on the tradition began by C.F.W. Walther. The Lutheran Witness is now one of the oldest denominational magazines in the world.

Meet The Team

At The Lutheran Witness we seek to help you interpret the world from a Lutheran perspective. Our editors and designers work to craft articles and magazines that point readers to Christ and Him crucified for the sins of the world. In the end, it’s not about us and our crafted words and refined designs, it’s about Him and His life, suffering, and death for the sins of the world.

Roy S. Askins
Managing Editor
1 Cor. 2:2 — For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.​​
Frank Kohn​
Editor, District Edition
Col. 1:21–22 — And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him.
Online Editor
Psalm 27:4 — One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple.

Megan K. Mertz

Chief Copy Editor

John 16:33 — I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.

Erica Schwan

Graphic Designer

John 11:25–26 — I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?

Lisa Moeller

Graphic Designer

Phil. 4:6–7 — Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 

Chrissy Thomas

Graphic Designer

1 John 4:7–8 — Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

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