Who is Roberts Feldmanis?
Welcome to the
homepage dedicated to the Head Pastor and Professor Roberts Feldmanis.
Feldmanis is one of the most eminent ecclesiastical servants of the Evangelical
Lutheran Church of Latvia (ELCL) of the XX century.
He was an
outstanding historian, pastor, liturgist and spiritual father of the Church of Latvia;
as well as the master for the young pastors, and his authority was also
acknowledged outside the borders of Latvia.
The Head Pastor
Roberts Feldmanis was a significant person both - in Latvia and in the world. In 2001
his biography was included in the editions of The International Biographical
Centre of Cambridge “Outstanding Scholars of the 21st Century”. He has devoted
substantial contribution to the rebirth of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of
Latvia during the Post-Soviet times.
He was the professor of Church history
and with his academic work gave substantial contribution to the research of the
history of Latvia and the Church of Latvia. Due to his unyielding position
against the Soviet authority, it resulted in his exile to Siberia.
After his return professor’s position had not altered. Thus his resolute and
spiritual confidence, as well as his great influence on the Latvian
intellectuals, was a contribute in the weakening of the Soviet authority and
the rebirth of the State of Latvia. On October 30, 1998 (No1641) the Council of
the Three-Star Order resolved to appoint the Head Pastor Roberts Feldmanis as
the Officer of the Three-Star Order for his credit towards the State of Latvia.
The nation of Latvia
is proud of the Head Pastor R. Feldmanis. On May 28, 2002 the former president
of Latvia Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga wrote in the condolences: “He (the Head Pastor
R. Feldmanis) shall always remain in the memory of the nation as a pastor, who
held his faith and conscience and his love for his country and its people above
all the rest.”
(Translated by Alma Bernharda)