Erwin E. Prange

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Rev. Erwin E. Prange (born 1917) was a Lutheran minister, hospital chaplain, author and civil rights leader in inner-city Baltimore and Brooklyn during the turbulent 60's and 70's. His efforts led to the assimilation of German, Puerto Rican and Black congregants in New York City|New York City as well as the integration and merger of an all-white and an all-black Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod|Missouri Synod Lutheran congregation in racially scarred Baltimore.


The grandson of Germany|German immigrants, Erwin Prange was born June 5, 1917, in the isolated immigrant community of Crocketts Bluff, Arkansas. Prange's first language was German, securing him a position as officer and translator during the invasion and occupation of Germany during World War II|World War II.

Returning from Europe in 1949, Prange enrolled in Concordia Seminary, St. Louis|St. Louis. Upon graduation he was called to lead a century's old German speaking congregation in Brooklyn's changing Bushwick, Brooklyn|Bushwick neighborhood, The century-old German Lutheran congregation he was called to lead, St. Marks, was now conducting Sunday services in German, English and in Spanish and Prange preached in all three languages. Prange led the integration and growth of St. Marks[1] thought the 50's and 60's. In 1973 he initiated the successful merger of St. Matthews and Our Savior Lutheran Church Missouri Synod congregations in Baltimore.

He went on to serve congregations in Montana and Minnesota including North Heights Lutheran [2]in Roseville, Minnesota, MN. Prange is the author of several books and has appeared frequently on television including the The Oprah Winfrey Show|Oprah Winfrey show.


  • Saved. Again (2011)
  • First Things - Fishers of Men (2019)[3]
  • How to Pray for Your Children (1979)
  • A Time for Intercession (1979)
  • A Time to Grow (1976)
  • The Gift is Already Yours (1973)


  1. "626 Bushwick Ave – St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran German Church". History/Your Story. Retrieved 2020-08-23.
  2. "North metro megachurch revived, just weeks after closing". Star Tribune. Retrieved 2020-08-23.
  3. "Fishers of Men | Erwin E. Prange". First Things. Retrieved 2020-08-23.

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