Berthold Von Schenk

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Berthold von Schenk (1895–1974) was a pastor of Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod and pioneer of Lutheran liturgical renewal.

Rev. von Schenk was trained for ordained ministry at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, and served first as pastor of a mission congregation in St. Louis, Bethesda Lutheran Church. Notably he served as an inner-city pastor of Our Saviour Lutheran Church & School in The Bronx, New York. He was an internationally renowned author and scholar. He participated in the first of ecumenical Protestant-Roman Catholic consultations prior to Second Vatican Council.

Son of Walter von Schenk (1852-1921) who came from Germany to the United States and was a member of the Schenck zu Schweinsberg family. He and his descendants dropped the long version of the family name.


  • The Presence: An Approach to the Holy Communion. Published by E. Kaufmann, inc, 1945, 189 pages
  • The Presence: An approach to the Holy Communion. Edited by Paul Robert Sauer. Published by The American Lutheran Publicity Bureau, 2010, 174 pages.[permanent dead link]


  • Berthold Von Schenk (1895-1974): Pioneer of Lutheran Liturgical Renewal By C. George Fry, Joel R. Kurz. Published by E. Mellen Press, 2004 ISBN 0-7734-6550-2
  • Lively Stone: The Autobiography of Berthold Von Schenk By B Von Schenk, C George Fry, Joel R Kurz. Published by American Lutheran Publicity Bureau, 2006 ISBN 1-892921-07-3
  • Sauer, Paul Robert. "Berthold von Schenk: Out of Step or Before His Times?." [Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod pastor and a leader in the Lutheran liturgical renewal movement] Concordia Theological Quarterly 74 (2010) No. 1: 39-56.,2.pdf.