Faith Lutheran Church, Toppenish, Washington, Records, 1936-2012

Overview of the Collection

Faith Lutheran Church (Toppenish, Wash.)
Faith Lutheran Church, Toppenish, Washington, Records
1936-2012 (inclusive)
1 file
Collection Number
OPVELCA7a5_420 (collection)
Collection contains the records of Faith Lutheran Church in Toppenish, Washington.
Pacific Lutheran University, Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections
Pacific Lutheran University
12180 Park Avenue South
Tacoma, Washington
Telephone: 2535357586
Fax: 2535357315
Access Restrictions

Collection is available for research

Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.Processing funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission

Historical NoteReturn to Top

Faith Lutheran can trace its origins back to an Indian Mission established by the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Rev. Frederick Geiswinkler was serving the field for a number of years, but in the middle 1930s, the LCMS decided that they could not continue supporting the mission. Rev. Geiswinkler appealed to other groups for support and Gus Adolf, a member of the community, received support from the North Pacific District of the ALC. The District extended a call to Geiswinkler and on November 1, 1936, Faith was formally organized as a member of the ALC with 32 charter members. The first unit of the church was dedicated in 1939 and a new sanctuary designed by Rev. Oscar Reitz, was built in 1956-57. In 1940 a narthex area was added to the church. Through the years the congregation has worked closely with minorities, especially the Hispanic groups. The congregation has a co-op pre-school and also is the headquarters for the Hispanic Lutheran Ministry of the Yakima Valley. Spanish-speaking and bi-lingual services are held regularly. The Head Start program has used the church facilities for many years.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This folder contains a congregational historical record, various letters, a copy of the 40th anniversary Harvest Festival program, a congregational statistical record, a letter of call.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Property rights reside with Archives and Special Collections Department at Pacific Lutheran University. Copyright resides with the creator of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to the University Archivist. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder

Preferred Citation

From the Faith Lutheran Church, Toppenish, Washington, Records, OPVELCA7a5_420, Archives and Special Collections, ELCA Region I Archives, Pacific Lutheran University, 12180 Park Avenue South, Tacoma, WA 98447

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Location of Collection

Box 19 File 1

Acquisition Information

Transferred to ELCA Region I Archives. .

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Nesvig, Swanson, Nordquist, Emerson New Partners. Old Roots. Tacoma (Wash.) ALC, LCA, and ELC 1986

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Lutherans--Washington (State)--History

Personal Names

  • Milbrath, Earl, 1952-1956
  • Plueger
  • Reitz, Oscar B., 1956-1967
  • Christianson, James M., 1974-1980
  • Drewes, Robert, 1948-1952
  • Fischer, Paul J., 1967-1970
  • Geiswinkler, Frederick, 1936-1940
  • Hansen, Warren, 1972-1974
  • Headland, 1970-1972
  • Hull, Elliot Dean, 1980-1985
  • Mau, Henry, 1940-1948
  • Moore
  • Solberg

Corporate Names

  • Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod
  • American Lutheran Church
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church--Eastern Washington-Idaho Synod
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church--History

Geographical Names

  • Toppenish (Wash.)
  • Yakima River Valley (Wash.)


  • Clergy