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Luther Sem prof receives book award

Mark Granquist

Mark Granquist, associate professor of church history at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, was recently named recipient of the St. Paul, Biglerville Prize in Lutheran history for his book, co-authored with Dr. Maria Erling, The Augustana Story: Shaping Lutheran Identity in North America.

The grant is awarded by the Lutheran Historical Society of the Mid-Atlantic (LHSMA). Granquist’s work is one of two books to receive this year’s award, given during the society’s annual meeting.

The award was established in 1990 by St. Paul Lutheran Church in Biglerville, Pennsylvania, to honor Pastor Frederick K. Weiser, who made significant contributions to the study of Pennsylvania Germans.

“I’m pleased and honored to have our book recognized by the LHSMA ,” Granquist said. “Maria Erling and I worked hard to write a new, broader and more inclusive kind of denominational history that we hope will be a model for histories of other Lutheran groups.”

“Mark Granquist is becoming one of the chief historians of the Lutheran story in North America today,” said Luther Seminary President Richard Bliese. “His work matters because it is capturing not only where we’ve been as a church but, as a consequence, where we are going.”

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