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Rockwell in Rowan County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Arends / Nussman

 
 
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Inscription.  Arends
Johann Gottfried Arends
December 11, 1740-July 9, 1807

He came here as a teacher in 1773, German church leaders complied with the request from sixty Rowan families carried by Christopher Lyerly and Christopher Rendleman, endorsed by Governor Tryon and King George III for the 3.000 German Protestants in the colony, by commissioning Pastor Nussmann and Arends. their pastoral and educational ministry extended seventy miles east and west.
Arends was ordained at Organ Church in August, 1774 after Nussmann moved to Buffalo Creek. During the sixteen years of his "First Communion Record, 885 names are listed in instructional groups of about twelve girls and eight boys.
In 1775 Arends married Hannah Rudisill and ten years later moved near her Lincoln County home, continuing some work eastward several years. He is called "Father of the Lutheran Church beyond the Catawba River.
Approaching blindness handicapped his later ministry, ending with his 1807 death while some congregations still listed him as pastor, he served over twenty different congregations, nearly all them existing in North Carolina.
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1803 Arends was elected first president of the synod. he was secretary of an earlier homeland-aided "ministerium"

Nussman
Adolphus Nussmann
July 12, 1739-November, 1794

A man of tremendous faith, a scholar with theological insight, a Franciscan Christian with compassion for his fellowman--this Lutheran apostle to North Carolina saw twenty congregations established on the "Most distant border of the civilized world" during the American Revolution and Independence (1773 - 1794).
He was baptized on the day of his birth by the Catholic Church in Munster, Westphalia: was converted to the Lutheran faith from the Franciscan Order: was instructed in Lutheran theology at Göttingen University and chosen by the Consistory of Hanover to answer the call from North Carolina.
He supported the patriots: though tortured by Tories, stayed in North Carolina to proclaim the word of God: saw many members of st. john's, cabarrus county, serve in the American army.
After independence, he enlisted help from the Helmstedt Missionary Society for the North Carolina mission; lived to see five other Lutheran clergymen labor in the Piedmont; sponsored a school for every congregation; was appointed a trustee in 1785 by the general assembly of North Carolina to establish an academy in Salisbury.
With Christlike fortitude he showed the pioneers how to
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live and how to die.
 
Erected 1973.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical date for this entry is July 12, 1807.
 
Location. 35° 31.744′ N, 80° 27.031′ W. Marker is in Rockwell, North Carolina, in Rowan County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Organ Church Road and Shive Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rockwell NC 28138, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Organ or Zion Church (approx. 1.3 miles away); Grace or Lower Stone Church (approx. 2.9 miles away); Old Stone House (approx. 5.8 miles away); a different marker also named Old Stone House (approx. 6.3 miles away); Rural Free Delivery (approx. 7.3 miles away); Griffith Rutherford (approx. 7.3 miles away); Bethel United Church of Christ (approx. 7.7 miles away); St. John's Lutheran Church (approx. 7.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rockwell.
 
Arends Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Wintermantel, September 13, 2021
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Arends Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Wintermantel, September 13, 2021
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Nussman Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mike Wintermantel, September 13, 2021
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 16, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 16, 2021, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 201 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 16, 2021, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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