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The Lankford Arts Series

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, singing in the choir and giving of their time and talent to the congregation they loved.

Each year, First Lutheran Church hosts events for the Sioux Falls community which 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.


watch previous events

"Poet, Prophet, Priest: Living the Call"
A Hymn Festival Honoring the Life and Ministry of Paul O. Manz

The hymn festival was led by David Cherwien, Cantor at Mount Olive Lutheran Church and Artistic Director of the National Lutheran Choir; Dr. Paul Westermeyer, Emeritus Professor of Church Music at Luther Seminary; and The Augustana Choir, under the direction of Dr. Paul Nesheim. Follow along in the bulletin.

"Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation"
A Hymn Festival Celebrating Martin Luther and the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

The hymn festival was led by Dr. John Schwandt, Professor of Organ and Director of the American Organ Institute at the University of Oklahoma; Dr. Steven Paulson, Chair of Lutheran Theology at Luther House of Study, Sioux Falls; and a 100-voice community choir from various congregations in the Sioux Falls area. Follow along in the bulletin.


Support the Lankford Arts Series

Additional support of this series is always welcome. Your support will make it possible for First Lutheran to cover many expenses and—most importantly—your support will ensure that this and all other events will remain free to the public.

Your contribution to the Lankford Arts Series will help First Lutheran Church extend its sacred music ministry to the broader Sioux Falls community. Contribute online today, or mail your contribution to First Lutheran Church; 327 South Dakota Avenue; Sioux Falls, SD 57104. Please indicate Lankford Arts Series in the memo line.

David and Susan Lankford

David and Susan Lankford