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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.

Paul Manz Hymn Festival


The next Lankford Arts Series event is May 12, 2019. You are invited to join the Sioux Falls community, along with the Augustana Choir, organist David Cherwien and theologian Paul Westermeyer in singing the faith! A reception for organist David Cherwien and Dr. Westermeyer will follow. Read more.

In October 2017, Lutheran churches around the country celebrated the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. As part of the Lankford Arts Series, First Lutheran Church presented an afternoon hymn festival to commemorate the occasion, with Dr. John Schwandt, organist, and Dr. Steven Paulson, theologian, joining a 100-voice mass choir and instrumentalists from the Sioux Falls community.

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