Feed My Sheep
A History Of The Hispanic Missions In The Pacific Southwest Distric Of The Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod
Feed My Sheep not only chronicles the growth and work in the German and English congregations but also the work in the Hispanic Missions in the Pacific Southwest District of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod from its humble beginnings up to the present day.
Author, Michael Doyle, lays the foundations of this history, telling of the settlement of Los Angeles by the Spanish and continues with the founding of The Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod in Southern California in 1882.
He recounts the first sharing of the Gospel by our Lutheran pioneers with the Hispanic population of the District, exploring the details of the whos, hows, whens and whys our Hispanic Missions have blossomed and flourished here.
The author, Michael Doyle, was born on August 24, 1939 in Bell, California. Mike attended Zion Lutheran School, Bell High School where he learned to play the organ, and Whittier College, receiving a B.A. and M.Ed. He is married to Mina (Martensen) Doyle, a teacher; they have three children, Michael II, Mary Wolfinbarger, and Matthew, along with four grandsons, Matthew, Adam, and Evan Wolfinbarger, and Ian Doyle. The author taught grades one through nine in Pico Rivera and retired in 1995 from his position as an elementary school principal in Alta Loma, California; he is presently an adjunct professor at California State University, San Bernardino, and National University, San Bernardino. He is a church leader who has served various congregations in the Pacific Southwest District of the Lutheran Church–-Missouri Synod as organist and choir director for almost 50 years and is one of the PSW District archivists. He has written three published books, The Life and Times of Hans and Lydia Martensen; Sent Forth by God’s Blessing: A History of Zion Lutheran Church, Maywood, California; Mother of the Valley: A History of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Pomona, California; The last two books received awards from Concordia Historical Institute in St. Louis, Missouri. He was one of the featured speakers at Concordia Historical Institute’s 27th Biennial Conference on Archives and History in November 2003, speaking on the topic, “Preparing a Congregational History.” He is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the West, Who’s Who Historical Society, and Who’s Who in American Education.
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