History of 'The Lutheran Hour'

On October 2, 1930, the first broadcast of The Lutheran Hour® radio program was aired, with Dr. Walter A. Maier as speaker. The Lutheran Laymen's League, which had formed thirteen years earlier as a financial support organization for the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, had a vision of spreading the Gospel message using the young technology of broadcast radio. For more than 80 years, the call of Christ has been carried around the world by radio waves to share the Good News.

Listed below are links to biographies of the men who served as speakers of this radio ministry.

Dr. Walter A. Maier
Speaker from 1930-1950
Listen to Sermons from Dr. Maier


Dr. Lawrence Acker
Speaker from 1950-1951
Listen to Sermons from Dr. Acker


Dr. Oswald C. J. Hoffmann
Speaker from 1955-1988
Listen to Sermons from Dr. Hoffmann


Rev. Wallace Schulz
Associate Speaker
from 1977-2002
Listen to Sermons from Rev. Schulz


Dr. Andrew Melendez
Spanish Lutheran Hour
Speaker from 1941-1972


Dr. Dale A. Meyer
Speaker from 1989-2001
Listen to Sermons from Dr. Meyer


Dr. Armin C. Oldsen
Speaker from 1951-1953
Listen to Sermons from Dr. Oldsen


Rev. Ken Klaus
Speaker from 2002-2010


Rev. Dr. Greg Seltz
Speaker from 2011-present


Historic Broadcasts:

(The following programs are only available in MP3 format.

"The Man of Sorrows" - April, 1999 - Columbine High School
(Dr. Dale Meyer)
Sermon MP3


"The Last Enemy" - April, 1995 - Oklahoma City Bombing
(Dr. Dale Meyer)
Sermon MP3


"Why Did Jesus Die?" - October 24, 1994 (Dr. Wallace Schulz)
Sermon MP3


"Firm Family Foundations" - October 16, 1994 (Dr. Wallace Schulz)
Sermon MP3


"Christmas in Mexico" - 1984 (Dr. Oswald Hoffmann)
Sermon MP3


"Christmas in the Land of Luther" - 1982 (Dr. Oswald Hoffmann)
Sermon MP3


"Christmas in France" -1980 (Dr. Oswald Hoffmann)
Sermon MP3


"Christmas in Ethiopia" - 1968 (Dr. Oswald Hoffmann)
Sermon MP3


"Freedom From The Burden of Guilt" - March 18, 1956 (Dr. Oswald Hoffmann)
Sermon MP3


"We Preach Christ Crucified" - October 2, 1955 (Dr. Oswald Hoffmann)
Sermon MP3


"A Vote for God" - November 2, 1952 (Dr. Armin C. Oldsen)
Sermon MP3


"Faith, then Freedom" - October 26, 1952 (Dr. Armin C. Oldsen)
Sermon MP3


"Jesus Lives" - March 25, 1951 (Dr. Lawrence Acker)
Sermon MP3


"3 Crosses" - March 18, 1951 (Dr. Lawrence Acker)
Sermon MP3


"Christ Is Risen" - 1942 - Easter (Dr. Walter A. Maier)
Sermon MP3


"The Resurrection Reality" - 1937 - Easter (Dr. Walter A. Maier)
Sermon MP3


"Salvation Complete" - 1937 - A Lenten broadcast (Dr. Walter A. Maier)
Sermon MP3

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