I found some of this info on Wikipedia
and thought is was interesting since HK
was influenced greatly by his Lutheran
pre-ministerial and ministerial schooling.
It seems that Klemp (born 1942) began
a four year ministerial degree program
in the fall of 1960, after attending four
years in a pre-ministerial High School
program. In late 1964, before completing
his last year of ministerial college, HK
enlisted in the Air Force rather than be
Anyway, Klemp has stated that he was
a member of the LCMS (Missouri Synod).
The following shows the differences
between theses two factions of the
Please note the similarities of the LCMS
beliefs to that of Eckankar's.
"The Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran
Synod (WELS) Differences from LCMS
(Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod)
The main facets of doctrinal difference
between WELS and the LCMS include:
WELS teaches that all forms of Christian
fellowship require complete unity in matters
The LCMS, meanwhile, teaches that there
are different levels of fellowship among
Christians, so that altar fellowship (sharing
in the Eucharist together), pulpit fellowship
(exchange of preaching privileges among
ministers of various congregations), and
other manifestations of Christian fellowship
(such as fellowship in prayer), are distinct.
Thus, according to LCMS doctrine, members
of different church bodies can engage in
greater or lesser degrees of fellowship
depending on the extent of their doctrinal
Doctrine of the ministry
The WELS believes that there are many
different forms of one, divinely established
Ministry. These forms of the Ministry include
pastor, Christian day-school teacher, staff-
minister and others.
The LCMS teaches that only the pastoral
office is divinely established, while all other
church offices are human institutions.
Role of women in the church
The LCMS and WELS agree that Scriptures
reserve the pastoral office for men.
In "This We Believe," published in 1999,
WELS states that "women may participate
in offices and activities of the public ministry
except where that work involves authority
over men (1 Timothy 2:11,12). This means
that women may not serve as pastors nor
participate in assemblies of the church in
ways that exercise authority over men
(1 Corinthians 11:3; 14:33-35).".
WELS does not allow women suffrage
in congregational matters that would
exercise authority over men.
LCMS teaches that women may take
on roles of lay authority in the church,
such as voting in church elections and
serving in "humanly established offices"
such as congregation president, reader,
or member of church councils, including
elected executive roles in the church."