In Pursuit of Religious Freedom tells the story of Martin Stephan, a religious leaders whose leadership, vision, and courage stemmed from a fifteenth-century ancestry grounded in the reformations of John Huss and Martin Luther. Like previous Stephan generations, Martin fled religious intolerance for freedom of worship. As an adult, his deep-rooted faith and moral values were threatened when he was confronted with family, social, and spiritual crises.
Philip Stephan is a psychologist retired from private practice in Longmont, Colorado.
Part 1 Foreword Part 2 Preface Part 3 Introduction Part 4 Part One: Sunrise Chapter 5 Chapter One: Landing in the New World Chapter 6 Chapter Two: Saxon Emigration Society Origins Chapter 7 Chapter Three: Ancestral Roots and the Reformation Chapter 8 Chapter Four: Stephan's and the Underground Church Chapter 9 Chapter Five: The University Years Part 10 Part Two: Sunshine and Growth Chapter 11 Chapter Six: Martin's Family and Early Ministry Chapter 12 Chapter Seven: Martin as a Preacher Chapter 13 Chapter Eight: Martin as a Pastoral Counselor Chapter 14 Chapter Nine: Martin as a Defender of the Faith Part 15 Part Three: Noon Heat and Conflict Chapter 16 Chapter Ten: Condition of the German Lutheran Church Chapter 17 Chapter Eleven: Disputes with the Saxon State Church Chapter 18 Chapter Twelve: Legal Charges-1837 Chapter 19 Chapter Thirteen: More Legal Charges and House Arrest-1838 Part 20 Part Four: Exodus Chapter 21 Chapter Fourteen: Final Preparations Chapter 22 Chapter Fifteen: Farewell and Delay Chapter 23 Chapter Sixteen: Journey at Sea Part 24 Part Five: Arrival in America Chapter 25 Chapter Seventeen: Establishing Governance Chapter 26 Chapter Eighteen: Dissension Grows Chapter 27 Chapter Nineteen: Settling In Chapter 28 Chapter Twenty: Establishing a New Home Chapter 29 Chapter Twenty-one: Reprise by the American Press Part 30 Part Six: Deposing a Bishop Chapter 31 Chapter Twenty-two: Rogate Sunday Sermon Chapter 32 Chapter Twenty-three: Pastors Plan the Deposition Chapter 33 Chapter Twenty-four: The Deposition Process Chapter 34 Chapter Twenty-five: The Colony Struggles Chapter 35 Chapter Twenty-six: C.F.W. Walther's Leadership Emerges Part 36 Part Seven: Sunset Chapter 37 Chapter Twenty-seven: The Bishop's Family in Germany Chapter 38 Chapter Twenty-eight: Stephan in Exile Chapter 39 Chapter Twenty-nine: Martin in his Own Words Chapter 40 Chapter Thirty: Justice Delayed Chapter 41 Chapter Thirty-one: Stephan's Last Days Part 42 Part Eight: Afterglow Chapter 43 Chapter Thirty-two: View from the Twenty-first Century Chapter 44 Chapter Thirty-three: Bishop Martin Stephan's Legacy