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Franz August Otto Pieper


Franz August Otto Pieper was a Confessional Lutheran theologian; born at Karwitz, Pomerania and died in St. Louis, Missouri.


Pieper, Franz August Otto was born on June 27, 1852 in Carwitz, Pomerania, Germany. Son of Augustus and Bertha Pieper.


Came to the United States, 1870. Bachelor of Arts, Northwestern University, Wisconsin, 1872. Graduate Concordia Seminary, 1875.

Doctor of Divinity, Northwestern University, 1903, Decorah College, 1903.


After studying at the gymnasium of Kolberg, Pomerania, he emigrated to the United States in 1870. He was a Lutheran pastor from 1875 to 1878, serving first at Centerville, Wisconsin and then at Manitowoc, Wisconsin. He became a professor of theology at Concordia Seminary in 1878, and in 1887 he became president of the same institution.

He also served as editor of Lehre und Wehre, the faculty journal of Concordia Seminary. From 1882 to 1899, Pieper served on the Board of Colored Missions for the Evangelical Lutheran Synodical Conference of North America. As a systematic theologian, Franz Pieper's magnum opus, Christliche Dogmatik (1917-1924), provided the modern world with a learned and extensive presentation of orthodox Lutheran theology.

He was also the main author of the Missouri Synod's A Brief Statement of 1932, an authoritative presentation of that church body's doctrinal stance.


Married Minnie Koehn, January 2, 1877.

Augustus Pieper

Bertha Pieper

Minnie Koehn