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Benjamin Kurtz, American clergyman.


Kurtz, Benjamin was born on February 28, 1795 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Benjamin and Elizabeth (Gardner) Kurtz.


Studied theology under John George Lockman, Lebanon, Pennsylvania, 1813-1815.


10 children. Assistant, Harrisburg Academy, 1810-1813. Licensed to preach in Lutheran Church by Ministerium of Pennsylvania, 1815. Pastor, Hagerstown, Maryland., 1815-1831.

A leading exponent of America Lutheranism. A founder Synod Maryland and Virginia, 1820, General Synod, 1820, Gettysburg (Pennsylvania) Theological Seminary, 1825. Went to Europe to obtain financial support for Gettysburg Theological Seminary, 1826.

Pastor, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, 1831-1833. Editor Lutheran Observer, Baltimore, 1833-1858. Advocated union of German and Lutheran Reformed Churches.

Delegate 1st meeting Evangelical Alliance, 1846. Broke away from Maryland. Synod, formed Melanchthon Synod, 1857, wrote its Declaration of Faith.

Founder Missionary Institute, Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, turned out ministers which were insufficiently educated. Author: Why Are You a Lutheran?, 1843.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Why Are You a Lutheran?, 1843.


Married Ann Barnett; married second, Mary Catharine Baker.

Benjamin Kurtz

Elizabeth (Gardner) Kurtz

Ann Barnett

Mary Catharine Baker