1832: Ordination of Jehu Jones
While African-Americans had been early participants in Lutheran communities, Jehu Jones was the first black Lutheran pastor in North America. He started a ministry to Philadelphia’s black community in 1833, though lack of funding and support from the synod hurt its effectiveness. Jones continued to minister and serve in Philadelphia and started racially diverse congregations around Pennsylvania.
Essay: “Jehu Jones (1786-1852) The First African American Lutheran Minister” by Karl E. Johnson, Jr. and Joseph A. Romeo, LQ 10 (1996), 425-444.
Image: Jehu Jones historical marker in Philadelphia. Photo by Claire Burkat, 2016, used by permission.