Arnold Kromphardt, former Eastern District president, dies

The Rev. Dr. Arnold E. Kromphardt, former president of the LCMS Eastern District, died April 23 in New Port Richey, Fla. He was 86.

Kromphardt (LCMS file photo)

Kromphardt (LCMS file photo)

Memorial services are planned for:

Kromphardt served 13 years as Eastern District president, from 1978 to 1991.

A 1955 graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary, then in Springfield, Ill., Kromphardt began his ministry overseas as a missionary at-large for the Evangelical Church of England, serving at St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church in Sunderland before returning to the United States to become pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Marseilles, Ill. (1957-60), and First Lutheran Church in Sharpsburg, Pa. (1960-68).

Before becoming the district’s president, he served 10 years (1968-78) as its executive director of Parish Services.

Eastern District President Rev. Dr. Chris Wicher described Kromphardt as “quite a leader” for the district “and a very wonderful man of God.”

The former district president also was “a pioneer of the faith and a strong advocate” of Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, when it began, as well as the Lutheran Laymen’s League, an LCMS auxiliary.

Even in his 80s, Kromphardt was “an incredible servant who continued to work on a very high level and an incredible encourager for many of my men still,” added Wicher. “He was really quite a man.”

Kromphardt is survived by his wife of 60 years, Caroline, three children — Daniel (Barbara) Kromphardt of Tonawanda, N.Y.; Susan (David) Maack of Severn, Md.; and Debra (Will) Keresztes of Buffalo, N.Y. — a twin brother, Wilbur (Carol) Kromphardt; six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Trinity Lutheran Church, Trinity, Fla., and Lutheran Hour Ministries, St. Louis, are “gratefully appreciated” by the family.

Posted April 26, 2016 / Updated April 29, 2016, with correction: Memorials are requested for Trinity Lutheran Church in Trinity, Fla., not West Seneca, N.Y., as previously reported.

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3 Responses to Arnold Kromphardt, former Eastern District president, dies

  1. Wayne Harman April 27, 2016 at 5:54 am #

    Rev. Kromphardt was a wonderful man of God, we pray

    God’s blessings for Caroline and his family.

    Wayne & Helen Haman
    Zion Lutheran Church
    Accident, MD

  2. Barbara De Long April 27, 2016 at 12:28 pm #

    I am so sorry to hear of Pastors passing away. We were friends at First Lutheran in Inverness. My prayers to Caroline and the family. God Bless

  3. Stephen Vogt April 29, 2016 at 10:48 am #

    Rev. Kromphardt was a real person. He was one of several who came to Concordia, NY on a regular basis to give seminary bound students encouragement and advice. He opened up his heart to us, he prayed with us and ate with us, and shared with us the challenges, the joys and sometimes the frustrations of ministry. Back in the 1970s we all needed that. A man of God I’m sure he was, but he was a real person, personable, honest. A joy to have known.

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