Thorvald Hansen


Danish Evangelical Lutheran Church, Danish heritage, Danish Church


Elsewhere, I have written that Carl Peter Hoiberg (Hojberg) was one of the most controversial figures in what was the Danish Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He was widely respected for his learning and his abilities. He could teach and preach and inspire as few others could. It has been said, "I doubt very much that any single person in our church has inspired so many young people as did Carl Peter Hoiberg."1 He was at once at academician and one who had devotion to and vision for the folk school. He had a lively sense of curiosity, which he was able to transmit to his students. Some saw him as brilliant; others saw him as one who flaunted his knowledge and sought to propel himself into the limelight. But, whatever assessment one might make of Hoiberg, there can be no question but that he, more than most, contributed to the Danish heritage in America. He left a mark on Grand View College; at Nysted and Danebod his legacy was unequivocal; on the Danish Church he had a decided impact; and in the minds of all, even those with whom he disagreed, he was a man of honor.