Abdel Ross Wentz was a leading figure in American Lutheranism. From 1916–1956 he was a professor of church history, librarian, and later president of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. He also served as the first vice president of the Lutheran World Federation and as the American Lutheran representative to the World Council of Churches. The A.R. Wentz Library on the Gettysburg campus was dedicated in his honor in 1965.
Wentz’s family established an endowment with the Lutheran Historical Society of the Mid-Atlantic that provides prize money for the best history paper on a topic related to Lutheranism in America. The prize is in the amount of $2,500, and the competition is open to all writers regardless of religious identification or denominational affiliation. The deadline for submissions is September 30, 2023.