Augustana Lutheran Church - Andover, Illinois



    The Lutheran Journal, Vol. 62, #1, 1993 - Erwin Weber


On the cover is my photograph of the Augustana Lutheran Church in Andover, Illinois, during the winter. The church was built by its pastor, Jonas Swenson, and dedicated in 1870. The Lutheran Church in Andover was one of the largest, if not the largest of the Swedish-Lutheran churches of the time.

Swenson came to Andover from Jamestown, New York, and became president of the Augustana Synod. He is the only pastor who is buried in the cemetery at Jenny Lind Chapel, the mother church of the Augustana Synod established by Lars Paul Esbjörn, first president of Augustana College now in Rock Island, Illinois.

Carl Swenson, the most famous of Jonas Swenson's children, became a leader among Swedish immigrants. He was the founder and first president of Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas.