Rev Paul Henkel

Rev Paul Henkel

Rowan County, North Carolina, USA
Death 27 Nov 1825 (aged 70)
New Market, Shenandoah County, Virginia, USA
Burial New Market, Shenandoah County, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 11094929 View Source

Helped establish Emmanuel Lutheran Churchs in New Market and many other in Va, NC in the late 1700's and early 1800's.

HENKEL, PAUL, born Dec. 15, 1754, on Dutchman's Creek, 16 miles from Salisbury, in Rowan Co. (Now a part of Davie Co.), was the first Lutheran pastor born in N. C. Parents: Jacob and Mary Barbara (Teeter) Henkel.

Married Elizabeth Negeley (sometimes spelled Negly, Nagly), Nov. 20, 1776. Children: Six sons and three daugh-ters--Solomon (a physician), and five minis-ter sons, Philip, Ambrose, Andrew, David and Charles; daughters were Hanna (married the Rev. John N. Stirewalt), Naomi, and Sabina.

While preparing to become a minister and in his early ministry supported his family by working at the cooper's trade. In 1776 he began his study in theology and the classics under the guidance and sponsorship of the Rev. John Andrew Krugh, Fredericktown, Md. Licensed by the Ministerium of Pa in June 1783, with renewal annually until ordination by the same synod on June 6, 1792. Served churches in Va., and perhaps in other states, from his home in New Market, Va., until 1806 when he was appointed "travelling preacher," and was allowed $40 a month for the time he was actually engaged in his work.

The next year (1807) he reported that he travelled 128 days in the service of the synod and baptized 158 children and received $106.05 on this journey. In 1808 he was appointed missionary for Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee, and from records it appears that he was re-appointed annually with his field widened to "territory of his own selection".

It seems reasonable to assume that during the years he was travelling preacher he would have lived in N. C. from 1800 to 1805 while serving the following churches in this state: Dutchman's Creek Church (later called New Jerusalem, then Reformation from 1870 to disbanding in 1925), Davie Co., 1800-05; Becks-Bethany-Pilgrim, St. Luke, Davidson Co.-Nazareth-Shiloh, Forsyth Co., 1800-05; also, in same area occasional supply with other Tenn. Synod pastors. Assistant to Johann Gottfried Arends (Arndt), Emmanuel, Lincolnton-Zion, Catawba Co., 1803; and supply, St. Mark, Gaston Co., 1803.

Because of malarial climate moved back to New Market, Va., 1805. Made repeated missionary tours in N.C., S.C., Va., Tenn., Ohio, Ky., and Ind.

"No more active, indefatigable and self-denying missionary than the Rev. Paul Henkel ever labored in this country" (p. 308, The Lutherans in America by Edmund Jacob Wolf, D.D.). One of four pastors with 14 laymen, organizing the N. C. Synod in 1803.

Assisted in organizing Ohio Synod in 1818, but not becoming a member. Also an organizer of Tenn. Synod, with six other N. C. Synod pastors, including sons Philip and David.

Wrote and published the following:
A work on Baptism and the Lord's Supper in German (1809), later translated into English; a German hynmbook with 246 hymns (1810), with some hymns (perhaps in both books) written by himself.

Also German and English catechisms based on Luther's Small Catechism. Preached in both German and English.

One of the stalwart fathers of the Lutheran Church in N. C. and in other states as well, particularly in Va., and Ohio.

To him and his family the church owes a great debt of gratitude. The records of the Min. Of Pa. Show that he attended its convention at Lancaster, Pa., in 1820 for the last time.

Died in New Market, Va., Nov. 17, 1825; buried at Emmanuel Church, New Market.

Information from the "THE HENKEL FAMILY"

Life Sketches of Lutheran Ministers, North Carolina and Tennessee Synods 1773-1965, pp. 86-91

Bio by: Sheila Parcell

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