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Northwest District (LCMS) Emil G. Jaech Papers

Identifier: NWD.06

Scope and Contents

The collection consists mostly of correspondence and other communications between Dr. Jaech and pastors and congregation members of the District about the issues raised, such as, principles of Biblical interpretation, whether or not graduates of Christ Seminary in Exile (Seminex) should be ordained and installed, and the duties and responsibilities of a District President. Some letters to Jaech showed support for his position, while others expressed strong disagreement. Dr. Jaech attempted to communicate his views with the goal of bringing peace and reconciliation. Also included are articles and essays, as well as biographical material.


  • 1938 - 2008

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is available for research by appointment.

Conditions Governing Use

The Northwest District Archives is the owner of the materials in the Emil G. Jaech 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.

Biographical Note

Emil G. Jaech was president of the Northwest District, The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod from 1970-1982.

Dr. Jaech was born in Billings, Montana, August 24, 1913. Following his graduation from Concordia Theological Seminary, Springfield, Illinois, he became pastor of Pilgrim Lutheran Church, Spokane, Washington, in 1938. From 1949 to 1970 he was pastor of Hope Lutheran Church, Seattle. In 1970 he was elected President of the Northwest District and served in that capacity until his retirement in 1982. Prior to becoming Presdident, he served on various boards of the District. He received an honorary doctorate from Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington, in 1974.

During his time in office he participated in a considerable amount of mission planning with other Lutheran groups, promoted continuing education for professional church workers in the District, and helped create a Consultation to Clergy to provide counseling services to church workers.

During the early 1970's a controversy at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, that led to the formation of Concordia Seminary in Exile, resulted in considerable turmoil also in the Northwest District. As District President, Jaech spent considerable time and energy focusing on the issues being discussed. To assist him, he formed a Reconciliation Committee to promote healing and restore peace. The correspondence and documents in this collection are from that era.

He married Myrtle Levenhagen in 1938.

Jaech died on April 25, 1990, in Portland, Oregon.


0.9 Linear Feet (in 2 document boxes.)

Language of Materials



Correspondence of Emil G. Jaech and other documents primarily from 1973-1976 while he was president of the Northwest District of The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod. The main topic is effects on the Northwest District from the controversy at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, that led to the formation of Concordia Seminary in Exile.


The materials are arranged in chronological order.

Related Archival Materials

Correspondence from Emil G. Jaech on other topics may be found in the records and papers of other boards and officers of the District, as well as in the congregational files.

Guide to the Emil G. Jaech Papers An Inventory at the Northwest District Archives
Nolan R. Bremer
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Finding Aid is written in English.
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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