Fonds S2059 - Albert W. Lotz fonds

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Albert W. Lotz fonds

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  • 1940-1983 (Creation)
    Lotz, Albert W.

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13 cm of textual records
1 scrapbook

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Albert W. Lotz served as both a Lutheran pastor and president (at different times) for the Eastern Canada Synod. Lotz was born in the township of Wilmot, Ontario in 1907. By the age of twenty in 1927, Lotz had graduated from the Waterloo College. He would go on to also graduate from the Waterloo Lutheran Seminary in 1930. That same year after graduating from the seminary, Lotz answered the call issued to him by Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Maynooth, Ontario. It was there Lotz served for four years as pastor before moving on to St. Peter's Evangelical Church in Ottawa, Ontario in 1934 to serve as their pastor. Lotz served the church in Ottawa for 6 years until 1940 when he accepted the call issued to him by the congregation of St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church located in Kitchener, Ontario. Lotz served as the pastor of St. Peter's in Kitchener for twenty-one years, only stepping down as pastor when he was elected the president of the synod. In 1970, Lotz stepped down as president.

During his time with the church, Lotz assisted in several different capacities. He was, at one point, chairman of the board of governors for Waterloo College and Seminary. Moreover, he was also a member of the Board of American Missions of the United Lutheran Church in America as well as a member of the Canadian Lutheran Council.

Recognition was bestowed on Lotz in several ways. In 1959, Lotz was awarded an honorary doctor of divinity degree from London, Ontario's University of Western Ontario. Moreover, the Canadian government recognized Lotz's impact and he received a Centennial Medal on July 1, 1967 in recognition of the valuable service he provided to the country.

On March 4, 1983, at the age of 75, Lotz passed away, his funeral being held at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Waterloo, Ontario.

The preceding bibliography was assisted by page 201 of the Eastern Canada Synod Lutheran Church in America: Twenty-Second Annual Convention (1983) in Eastern Canada Synod Minutes, 1982-84

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This fond contains records related to Albert W. Lotz's time as pastor of St. Peter's Evangelical Church in Kitchener, Ontario. They include yearly congregation minutes, parochial reports, a scrapbook, and some publication material. While Lotz left St. Peter's of Kitchener in 1961 to pursue presidency of the Eastern Canada Synod , material contained in this fond suggests that he continued to show an interest in the church after his pastorship.

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