About Us

The Augustana Heritage Association was organized on the campus of Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois in June of the year 2000 at the second of what have been nine biennial Gatherings. An AHA Valedictory event is planned for June 24-26, 2016 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lansdale, Pennsylvania.

The purpose of the Augustana Heritage Association is to define, promote and perpetuate the heritage and legacy of the Augustana Lutheran Church (1860-1962) which merged with the American Evangelical Lutheran Church (AELC), the Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Church (Suomi Synod) and the United Lutheran Church in America (ULCA) in 1962 to form the Lutheran Church in America (LCA). In 1986 the LCA - Canada Section and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Canada merged to form the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC). In 1988 the remaining portion of the LCA merged with the American Lutheran Church (ALC) and the Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches (AELC) to form the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).

The fulfillment of the purpose of the Augustana Heritage Association is made possible through its many volunteers and members. Membership is $35 per person or $50 per family for each biennium. Members receive a semi-annual newsletter, assist in planning and facilitating the Biennial Gatherings, and receive advance notice of the publication of new books and other publications of interest to those of Augustana background.

To become a member of the Augustana Heritage Association or to renew a membership, please send a check for $35 per person or $50 per family to the AHA Office at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 1100 East 55th Street, Chicago, IL 60615. Memberships are concurrent with the Biennial Gatherings, 2012-2014, etc. Memberships for congregations, institutions and agencies are $100. Additional gifts enable the association to fulfill its purpose and are always welcome. For further information, contact the Executive Director of the Association, the Rev. Dr. David E. Baker, 11932 Lake Wildwood Drive, Penn Valley, CA 95946 or the Office Manager, Ms. Ruth Ann Deppe, at the Chicago address above.

Augustana Heritage Association Membership Form

Membership in the Augustana Heritage Association is open to all who have an interest in preserving and promoting the heritage and legacy of the Augustana Lutheran Church.

Since its organization in 2000, the purpose of the Augustana Heritage Association has been carried out in a variety of ways:

A.H.A. Officers and Others

Officers and Members of the Board of Directors of the Augustana Heritage Association for the 2010-2012 Biennium are:

For additional information, please contact the Augustana Heritage Association at the following address:

Augustana Heritage Association
C/O Augustana College Rock Island, Illinois