Carl Christian Hein

Carl Christian Hein (August 31, 1868 – April 30, 1937) was an American Lutheran clergyman.

Carl Christian Hein
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Born(1868-08-31)August 31, 1868
DiedApril 30, 1937(1937-04-30) (aged 68)
ChurchEvangelical Lutheran Joint Synod of Ohio
American Lutheran Church (1930)
Congregations served
Marion, Wisconsin; Detroit, Michigan; Columbus, Ohio
Offices held
President, Joint Synod of Ohio (1924-1930) and ALC (1931-1937)

Born in Wiesbaden, Germany, Hein moved to the United States in 1884.[1] He became pastor of a Lutheran church in Marion, Wisconsin in 1889, and then moved to Detroit, Michigan in 1891, where he became pastor of a church there. He moved again to Columbus, Ohio in 1902, where he pastored a church there for twenty-three years.[1]

In 1924 he was elected president of the Evangelical Lutheran Joint Synod of Ohio, that organization's last president.[2] He became the first president of the American Lutheran Church in 1931, and held that position until his death.[1] He opposed a suggested merger between the American Lutheran Church and the United Lutheran Church in America due to his group's opposition to joining Masonic Lodges, which the ULCA tolerated.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Hein, Carl Christian Archived May 3, 2009, at the Wayback Machine, Christian Cyclopedia, Edited by: Erwin L. Lueker, Luther Poellot, Paul Jackson.
  2. ^ Trinity Lutheran Seminary Archived March 30, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "In the Churches", Time Magazine, November 5, 1934.