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The Lankford Arts Series at First Lutheran Church explores the intersection of sacred arts and the Christian faith as an outreach to the Sioux Falls community. All events are free and open to the public.

For centuries, great composers and artists have shared their faith in Christ through music, visual art, literature, architecture and drama. Each year, The Art of Faith hosts world-class musicians and artists at First Lutheran Church, and extends an invitation to the Sioux Falls community to attend and participate.

This ministry is funded solely through donations from supporters and Friends of the Arts. Donors will be recognized in future programs and receive invitations to future Lankford Arts Series events. If you would like to support future events in the Lankford Arts Series, donations can be:

  • Made online at
  • Mailed to First Lutheran Church at 327 South Dakota Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57104.  Please indicate “Lankford Arts Series” on the memo line.

Thank you for your interest and support.

The Lankford Arts Series: The Art of Faith was founded in 2017, thanks to an endowment bequest made by David and Susan Lankford to First Lutheran Church. David and Susan were dedicated stewards of the music program at First Lutheran, both singing in the choir and giving of their time and talent to the congregation they loved.

Each year, First Lutheran Church will host events for the Sioux Falls community that seek to connect great art and faith. We hope to inspire coming generations through the music David and Susan loved and to enrich and enliven the community with the faith they shared.

Series Events


A Hymn Festival Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation
With Dr. John Schwandt, Organist and Dr. Steven Paulson, Luther Scholar

The Festival is part of the Lankford Arts Series: The Art of Faith

October 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. The celebration begins with a hymn festival at First Lutheran Church on Sunday, October 29, at 3 p.m. and you are invited to sing as part of the congregation!

Join the Sioux Falls community, along with a 100-voice mass choir, brass, violin, flute, and organ, in singing the faith we share!