|Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Dale St and Carroll Ave. MHS collection|
I have always had questions about why my father decided to join The Lutheran Church of the Redeemer on Dale Street. It may have had more to do with language than location. Much of his early schooling and religious training was in German at Emanuel Lutheran, a Missouri Synod Lutheran congregation, on Saint Paul's West side. In 1939, he was newly married, and living at 65 Garfield Street, St. Paul. It was probably at this time that he transferred his membership to Redeemer. Redeemer was part of the English District, a non-geographical district of the Missouri Synod which was "distinctive among the many immigrant Lutheran congregations because they wanted to give their children the opportunity to worship and receive religious instruction in the English language."