Founder

Our founder was Jonas Byberg, who left a bequest to assist ELCA pastors to strengthen the art of the sermon.

Jonas Byberg

Jonas was an inventor and farm machinery manufacturer who was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Silverton, Oregon. He bequeathed property to the American Lutheran Church to establish the Byberg Homiletics Fund. He directed that income from the fund be used to develop the skills of Lutheran preachers in the Pacific Northwest. The fund has subsidized annual workshops since 1992.
With the rise in expenses, further donations are welcomed and encouraged and can be sent to:

Byberg Preaching Workshop
the Rev Melinda Wagner
Byberg Committee Co-Chair
First Immanuel Lutheran
1816 NW Irving Street
Portland, OR 97209