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Paul Chauncey Empie, American clergyman. Recipient Mannerheim medal; decorated Orders of Finlandia, White Rose and Finland’s Lion, 1949; commander’s cross Order of Merit (Federal Republic Germany), 1961; recipient Wichern medal Evangelical Church in Germany, 1967; Centennial medal for service to truth and humanity St. Olaf College, 1972. member Executive Committee, 1973-1979.


Empie, Paul Chauncey was born on February 10, 1909 in St. Johnsville, New York, United States. Son of Charles Gideon and Grace Louise (Diefendorf) Empie.


Graduate Muhlenberg College, 1929, honorary Doctor of Divinity, 1944. Postgrad Lutheran Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, 1929-1932. Doctor of Laws, Capital U., 1950.

Doctor of Humane Letters, Hartwick College, 1951. Doctor of Theology, U. Goettingen (Germany), 1952. Doctor of Divinity, Gustavus Adolphus College, 1960, Augustana College, Sioux Falls, South Dakot, 1962.


Ordained to ministry United Lutheran Church, 1932. Established mission church, Philadelphia, organized as Lutheran Church of Prince of Peace, served as pastor until 1937. Superintendent Lutheran Home for Orphans and Aged, Germantown, Philadelphia, 1937-1941.

Secretary Benevolence of Pennsylvania Ministerium of United Lutheran Church in American, 1941-1944. Assistant executive director National Lutheran Council, 1944-1948, executive director, 1948-1966. General secretary United States of America nat. committee World Lutheran Federation, 1967-1972.

Director Lutheran World Action, 1944-1972. Chairman Lutheran Church Prodns., Inc., 1951-1965. President Lutheran Film Associates, 1955-1966.

Department chairman commission religious liberty National Council Churches United States, 1965-1967, member Executive Committee div. overseas ministry, 1966-1972. Chairman world service Lutheran World Federation, 1952-1970, honorary member Executive Committee, 1973-1979. President Lutheran World Relief, 1968-1979.

Co-chairman United States of America National Lutheran-Roman Catholic Theological Dialogues, 1965-1979. Periodic visits to Europe, Asia, Africa, S. American in interests of relief, reconstruction, service to refugees. Alternate delegate constituting assembly World Council Churches, Amsterdam, 1948.

Trustee Muhlenberg College, 1965-1979, chairman, 1972-1979.


  • Other Work

    • Author numerous pamphlets.


Member Executive Committee, 1973-1979.


Married Katharine Goodwin Smith, December 27, 1930. Children: Barbara, Charlotte, Susan.

Charles Gideon Empie

Grace Louise (Diefendorf) Empie

Katharine Goodwin Smith

Barbara Empie

Charlotte Empie

Susan Empie