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Northwest District (LCMS) Edgar A. Brandt Hispanic Ministry Records

Identifier: NWD.31

Scope and Contents

The files contain documents that the Rev. Edgar A. Brandt prepared and documents that he retained because of their historical importance, including documents about the beginning of ministry in the Yakima Valley, notes on observations, progress reports, monthly inserts for churches to include in their Sunday bulletins, documents prepared for various occasions, a few photographs, and extensive notes for a Hispanic ministry workshop.


  • 1972 - 1992

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is available for research by appointment.

Conditions Governing Use Note

The Northwest District Archives is the owner of the materials in the Edgar A. Brandt Hispanic Ministry Collection and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the Northwest District Archives before any reproduction use. Copyright resides with the creator of the documents or their heirs. The status of copyright is governed by the Copyright Law of the U. S. (Title 17, U.S.C.). In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners.

Historical note:

Five Lutheran congregations in the Yakima Valley, Washington, formed a partnership in 1974 to sponsor a ministry among the Hispanic people in the Valley. The congregations included Hope, Wapato; Bethlehem, Yakima; Faith (ALC), Toppenish; Calvary, Sunnyside; and Messiah, Prosser. In 1975, the Northwest District of the Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod resolved to support this ministry work in the Valley. On August 10, 1975, the District commissioned The Rev. Edgar A. Brandt to serve as missionary-at-large in the region from Yakima to Prosser in Washington. His responsibilities included care for the spiritual needs of Hispanics in the valley, to establish rapport between the individuals and Lutheran churches in the area, and to integrate unchurched Hispanics into established Lutheran congregations.

Rev. Brandt served in this position until 1981. He was followed by Rev. Moses Garcia (1981-1988), Rev. Gerhard F. Kempff (1988-1992), and Rev. Daniel Williams in 1992. Pastors and laypersons from the churches assisted with the ministry.


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The papers and documents of the Rev. Edgar A. Brandt whose ministry was among the Hispanic people in the Yakima River Valley of Washington from 1975-1981.


The materials are arranged by topic.

Related Materials

The records in the Disbanded Congregations Records (NWD.13) for Iglesia Luterana Cristo del Valle, Toppenish, Washington, and for Hope Lutheran Church, Wapato, Washington, might have additional information. The church records for Faith Lutheran Church, Toppenish, are described in the Northwest Digital Archives.

Guide to the Northwest District (LCMS) Edgar A. Brandt Hispanic Ministry Records An inventory at the Northwest District (LCMS) Archives
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Repository Details

Part of the Northwest District (Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod) Archives Repository

Northwest District Archives
Concordia University
2811 NE Holman St.
Portland Oregon 97211-6099 USA