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Digital Archive for Urban Congregations

Digital Archive for Urban Congregations is a nonprofit digital archive dedicated to highlighting the work of the Christian church in urban centers through hosting archives and publishing interpretive content with free access to all.

  • St. Philip Lutheran Church Preview

    The preview collection of images from St. Philip Lutheran Church should give an overview of their history and some photographs from their archives. The first gallery is a history booklet that St. Philip published in 1944. Written by the founding pastor, Rev. Marmaduke Carter, it is an overview of the founding and growth told in…

  • Rev. Steven Anderson- Sample Interview

    Rev. Steven Anderson is the pastor of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in southwest Chicago. The congregation was founded as the neighborhood grew into a thriving community. Pastor Anderson talks about the founding and history of his congregation.

  • Rev. Keith Kinslow Sample Interview

    Rev. Keith Kinslow is the pastor of Chatham Fields Lutheran Church in the Chatham neighborhood on the south side of Chicago. His congregation was founded by the English District. In the 1950’s, it transitioned from white to black without a single racial incident. In this short segment from his interview, Pastor Kinslow recounts some of…

  • Ralph Kreuger: Concordia Lutheran Church

    Ralph Kreuger has been a member of Concordia Lutheran Church since his birth in 1924. An integral part of the congregation, he has served in nearly every capacity. Ralph also is a central figure in the Lutheran Athletic Association in Chicago, which was once large enough to have full-time staff and an office in downtown…