Dr. Herman H. Koppelmann (1909-)
The Rev. Koppelmann, Assistant Executive Secretary for Foreign Missions, since 1948, was graduated from Concordia Seminary in 1932. He was born March 2, 1909, in Payette, Idaho. After graduation he went toSpringfield, Illinois where he became secretary to the late Dr. Paul Schulz. Having accepted the call to become the assistant: pastor of Trinity Church, Springfield, he was ordained June 24, 1934. On February 14, 1937, he became the pastor at Salem, Jackville, Illinois. It was during this pastorate that he served at the lllinois School for the Blind, Jacksoneville State Hospital, and as the student pastor at MacMurray College for women and Illinois College. To this day the radio ministry of Salem Church which he began on December 28, 1951, still continues. On October 3, 1948, he became Assistant Executive Secretary of the Board of Foreign Missions giving special attention to finances, public relations, and publicity. Having traveled extensively throughout the Orient from July 1951 to August 1952, he commissioned the first missionary to Formosa in Taipei. While in that area he surveyed the possibilities of work in Korea, where God willing, the Board of Foreign Missions hopes to begin work in this year of 1957. A second trip to the Orient lasted from September 1956 to January 1957 including visits to Japan, Formosa, Hong Kong, Macao, and the Philippines.
While in Illinois he took special interest in youth and educational work having become Vice-President of the Central Illinois Walther League 1935-1940 and editor of the district paper from 1936-1940. He served on the Board of Christian Education from from 1939-1948 and became its chairman in 1942. From 1945-1948 he served as the visitor of the Illinois Valley Circuit.
Rev. Koppelmann has contributed to many church papers and periodicals. Among his more outstanding contributions is The Missouri Synod Undertakes Foreign Missions which traces Synod's action from its organization to the opening of the IndiaMission in 1895.
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