Centennial Moments

Researched & Written by David Goeke


Rev. C.M. Beyer was elected president of the Texas District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod in 1928. He held the position until 1942. That, in and of itself, is significant. But, equally as significant, was his service prior to and after his election. You see, he was what was called a "missionary at large". In his case, that designation was an understatement. From 1906-1911, he served, simultaneously, congregations in the following places: Big Spring, Abilene, Luther, Stanton, Longworth, Stamford, Eskota, Ballinger, Roscoe, Loraine, Midland and Clyde. He did so by car, cotton wagon and even livery teams. Additionally, he logged some 60,011 miles by train. In 1911, he accepted a call to Wichita Falls, Texas, which he served together with Henrietta, Texas. From 1911 until 1949, he served the two above mentioned congregations and also filled vacancies at Olney, Vernon, Clara and Bowie...all of this PLUS being elected as the district president from 1928 until 1942. In addition, he served in other positions prior to and after his terms as president, i.e., first vice-president of the Texas District, , chaplain at Shepherd Field during WWII, Chairman of the Board of Control of Concordia College in Austin, and financial secretary of the Texas District. Adding to all of this, the man was fluent in German and English, played the piano and organ and directed choirs. Try that on for size.