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Written by U.V. Koren / Translated and edited by Mark DeGarmeaux / Published by the Evangelical Lutheran Synod Historical Society / 4 Volumes (2014–2017).
Four volumes of U. V. Koren’s works are now available in English from the ELS Historical Society.
U. V. Koren (1826-1910) was a beloved pastor and church leader for the Norwegian Synod, the first Norwegian pastor to live west of the Mississippi. He guided the Synod through difficult controversies, and helped establish relationships with the Wisconsin Synod and Missouri Synod, as well as helping to found colleges and academies throughout the Midwest.
U.V. Koren is known as one of the fathers of the “Old” Norwegian Synod founded in 1853. He was a very influential leader, founding dozens of congregations, serving as a catalyst for the founding of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and holding the positions of president of the Iowa District and later President of the Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
After Koren's death in 1910, his son Paul compiled his works into a four volume set. Over the years, some of these works were translated for publication in a book of sermons, in the “Clergy Bulletin,” and in the book Truth Unchanged, Unchanging.
Prof. Mark DeGarmeaux teaches at Bethany Lutheran College, where he has served over the years in the areas of religious studies, foreign languages, and music. He is the translator of Book of Family Prayer by N. J. Laache, and Mother of the Reformation: The Amazing Life and Story of Katharine Luther by Ernst Kroker. He also contributed translations to the recent volumes of Luther's Works: American Edition. He was co-editor of the Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary and associate editor of Spangenberg's The Christian Year of Grace, recently translated.