James Huenink

Photographer, Writer, and Historian


James Huenink is a photographer, writer, and historian who lives in East County, San Diego with his wife and two cats. His photography focuses on sports and church architecture. He enjoys running, cooking, and making beer.

James’s historical research focuses the Lutheran church in Chicago and black Lutheran ministry in the Synodical Conference and the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod. You can find some of his historical writings at his Medium page.

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James is always looking for interesting stories to tell. Please reach out with questions, comments, or for photography.


James Huenink

Publications and Presentations

James has been published on various websites including Amendo, The Federalist, and Medium.

Neighborhood Churn as a Challenge to the Institutional Church in Chicago– Presented at the 2022 Multi-Ethnic Symposium at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis

First Mondays: Concordia University Chicago– Marmaduke Nathaniel Carter (1881-1961): Black Lutheran Pioneer and Church Planter in Chicago.

The Lutheran History Podcast: The Life and Ministry of Marmaduke Carter

2021 Midwestern History Conference: Religion Panel


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