Clarence H. F. Peters was born 8 January 1903 at Linn, Kansas, to Nickolaus and Maria (nee Tewes) Peters. He graduated from Saint Paul’s College, Concordia, Missouri, in 1923 and from Concordia Seminary, Saint Louis, Missouri, in 1927. He earned master of sacred theology (S.T.M.) and doctor of theology (Th.D.) degrees from the seminary and was also awarded an honorary doctor of divinity degree from the same institution for exceptional service in the ministry. Peters also earned a master’s degree in education from Washington University, Saint Louis.
Peters was ordained at Saint Paul Lutheran Church, Venus, Nebraska, on 14 October 1928 and served as pastor there until 1936. He was pastor of Saint John Lutheran Church, Scottsbluff, Nebraska, from 1936 until 1939. On 21 May 1939 he was installed as pastor of Saint Luke Lutheran Church, Saint Louis, where he served until his retirement in 1972.
Peters served as chair of the Missouri Synod Board for Young People’s Work from 1947 to 1967 and in 1952 represented the Synod at the Lutheran World Federation Assembly in Hanover, Germany. He also served on the National Lutheran Scouting Committee for 27 years, receiving the Gold Lamb and Silver Beaver awards. He was the author of numerous articles on youth work and of a book, The Early Years of the Christian Church (Garden City, N.Y.: Nelson Doubleday, c1959).
Peters was married to Marie E. Grossheim on 23 September 1928, and they were the parents of three children: Ruth (Mrs. Martin Brockmann), Eunice (Mrs. Edwin Albers) and Lois (Mrs. Neil Schmidt). Peters died on 18 May 1984.
SCOPE AND CONTENT
The Peters collection documents his work in youth ministry and scouting. The original donation from Peters consisted of a large collection of periodicals and other printed materials that were distributed throughout the Institute’s Library collection. A small number of files containing correspondence and other documents make up the original set of files in the Peters Collection.
Supplemental donations contained Peters’s files on youth ministry, Scouting, the Walther League, etc., including files from many of the youth-related conferences and conventions that he attended and participated in. Supplement II consists mainly of correspondence.
Missouri District Walther League Convention, De Soto Hotel, St. Louis, Missouri, September 4–6, 1948
Oklahoma District Walther League Convention, August 31 to September 1, 1947, Stillwater, Oklahoma
Saskatchewan Walther League District Convention, Lutheran Bible College, Outlook, Sask., Can., June 30–July 2, 1961
Southern Illinois District Walther League Convention, Chester, Illinois, September 1 and 2, 1946
Kansas District Walther League Convention, August 24 and 25, 1946, Kansas City, Missouri
Walther League Convention, Nebraska District, 1939, Grand Island
Walther League, Nebraska District Convention, Omaha, 1938
Walther League, [Nebraska] District Convention, 1937, Columbus
Walther League, 1936 [Nebraska] District Convention, Fremont
Workshop in Youth Work with Seniors of St. Louis and Springfield Seminaries, May 5–8, 1957, 1958
Workshop in Youth Work, Concordia Seminary, Summer School Session, 1955
Workshop in Youth Work, Concordia Seminary Seniors, St. Louis and Springfield, May 1–4, 1955
Workshop in Youth Work, Concordia Seminary Seniors, St. Louis and Springfield, May 2–5, 1954
Workshop in Youth Work, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri, April 16–17, 1953
Workshop in Youth Work, April 6, 1951, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis
Workshop in Youth Work, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, April 19, 1950, for the Senior Class
The original collection was donated by Peters in March 1968 along with a large number of publications and periodicals related to youth ministry that we incorporated into the CHI Library. Supplements I and I were donated by Peters in March 1973 and March 1974. Supplement III was donated by Saint Luke Lutheran Church (Saint Louis, Missouri) in January 1976 from papers left there by Peters before he retired.