Lutheran Hour Speakers:|
Dr. Lawrence Acker
Lutheran Hour speaker, 1950-1951
Lawrence Acker's father died when Lawrence was only two years old.
Although his mother was incapacitated by arthritis for the last
fifteen years of her life, she urged her son to remain in school
and become a pastor, rather than quit school and work to support
her. Upon graduation from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis in 1916,
Acker became pastor of Zion Lutheran Church in Moberly, Missouri.
He later served as a military chaplain, then as pastor of First
Lutheran Church in Omaha, Nebraska. The Sunday worship service at
First Lutheran Church was broadcast on local radio to a responsive
Lawrence Acker was pastoral adviser of the Lutheran Laymen's League
for fourteen years, 1941-1955. After Dr. Maier's death, he took
a nine-month leave of absence from First Lutheran Church to serve
as interim Lutheran Hour speaker while a permanent speaker was sought.
From October, 1950 to June, 1951, Acker delivered his message on
two separate live radio broadcasts each Sunday.
Acker's style was personal and direct, frequently calling on the
listener to consider God's love expressed in Jesus Christ, and inviting
the listener to faith in Him.