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Augsburg Fortress is the official publishing house of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), also publishing for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) as Augsburg Fortress Canada. Headquartered on South Fifth Street in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in the former headquarters of the American Lutheran Church, Augsburg Fortress publishes The Lutheran (founded 1831, renamed The Living Lutheran in 2016), the Lutheran Book of Worship (1978), the Lutheran Study Bible, and Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), as well as a range of academic, reference and educational books. Beth Lewis has served as the CEO of Augsburg Fortress since September 3, 2002.[4]

Augsburg Fortress
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Parent companyEvangelical Lutheran Church in America
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationMinneapolis, Minnesota
DistributionPBD (US fulfillment)[1]
NBN International (UK)[2]
multiple distributors (Asia and the Pacific)[3]
Publication typesBooks, Magazines
ImprintsAugsburg, Fortress



The denominational press and publisher was formed in 1988 when the Fortress Press of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania and Augsburg Publishing House of Minneapolis, Minnesota merged as their parent denominations, the Lutheran Church in America (LCA) of 1962 and the American Lutheran Church (ALC) of 1960 joined together with the Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches (AELC - established 1976) to form the ELCA, with headquarters at the Lutheran Center on West Higgins Road in suburban Chicago, Illinois.[5] Its two predecessor companies were:

The LCA came into existence in 1962 with the merger of several Lutheran smaller ethnically based denominations that created the LCA. The largest forerunner of the Fortress Press was the Muhlenberg Press of the United Lutheran Church in America, (1918-1962), the largest partner in the LCA merger. The oldest ancestor was the Henkel Press, started by the son of Paul Henkel (1754-1825). a famous late 18th - early 19th century Lutheran pastor/missionary/evangelist in the Appalachian Mountains region.[7][8] Fortress published The Lutheran, monthly magazine of the LCA, also of the previous United Lutheran Church in America (1918-1962) and publication beginnings in 1831 of its predecessor the General Synod of 1820-1918.

Augsburg Fortress continues to use "Fortress Press" as an imprint for academic/reference titles and "Augsburg" for popular and spiritual titles.

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  1. ^ "Distribution Transition: Important Information for our Customers". Augsburg Fortress | One Mission Blog. Retrieved 2018-02-10.
  2. ^ "Distribution: NBN Picks Up Augsburg Fortress". Retrieved 2018-02-10.
  3. ^ International Orders
  4. ^ "Beth Lewis Elected to Lead Augsburg Fortress Publishers". Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. August 20, 2002. Retrieved February 2, 2018.
  5. ^ "Company History". Augsburg Fortress. 1970-01-01. Archived from the original on 2014-05-14. Retrieved 2014-05-14.
  6. ^ Scandinavian Review, Volume 9, American-Scandinavian Foundation., 1921, Page 145
  7. ^ Michael L. Sherer. "When a Lutheran isn't a Lutheran". Metro Lutheran. Retrieved 28 January 2013.
  8. ^ "The Henkel Press". Virginia Historical Society. Retrieved 28 January 2013.

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