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Paul Henkel

Born: Dec 15, 1754

Death: Nov 27, 1825

Birthplace: North Carolina

Nationality: Germany

Paul Henkel

Date of Birth : Dec 15, 1754
Date of Death : Nov 27, 1825
Birth Place : North Carolina

Paul Henkel was a native of North Carolina who became an itinerant evangelist for the Lutheran church in the eastern United States. He was born in Rowan County, North Carolina, in 1754. His family moved to what is now West Virginia while he was still young. In that environment, he developed a solid acquaintance with orthodox Lutheran works. He grew to become a cooper by trade, and was obliged to provide enough for his substantial family. Despite these demands on his time, he always gave his highest priority to conducting religious services. He took advantage of the numerous prayer meetings and Bible classes in his area to help him focus on spiritual values. By 1781, he preached his first sermon, first in German, then in English. This began a period of missionary work which would continue for the next forty years. He was licensed as a preacher by the Ministerium of Pennsylvania in 1783 to begin his work, being ordained by the same body in 1792. He worked in the area of Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana. Although he did receive some financial assistance for his missionary work, the majority of the expenses were paid for out of his own pocket.

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