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James and Christel Neuendorf
Rev. James and Deaconess Christel Neuendorf serve as missionaries in Puerto Rico. Both have served in the region (Panama, the Dominican Republic, and now Puerto Rice) since 2008.
James previously served in the Dominican Republic as an evangelist. He also helped to provide Latin American pastors and lay leaders theological resources in their language through a variety of media, including video productions, audio resources and books. James served his vicarage in Santo Domingo. James now serves as a church planter and pastor in the city of Ponce. His focus is to establish a strong Lutheran presence in the city which will boldly proclaim the Gospel and meet the physical and spiritual needs of a community that is hungry for the Gospel and for hope. He is also working to create a generation of local leaders, well-grounded laity, and future pastors who will be able to continue to spread the Gospel throughout Puerto Rico, around the Latin America region, and the world.
As a deaconess, Christel is involved in the long-term disaster relief efforts at the mission's various mercy houses. From these places, LCMS missionaries and Puerto Rican Lutherans offer food, water and other basic necessities to community members affected by natural disasters. She is also engaged in assessing needs in the community and coordinating efforts to meet those needs as a congregation and mission. In addition to those two things, she also works to ensure that the other LCMS missionaries serving in the Latin America and Caribbean region are properly oriented, trained and cared for during their time of service.
James and Christel both grew up in Michigan. James, as a pastor’s son, has called many places “home,” most recently Ann Arbor, Mich. There he attended Concordia University and met Christel. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in religious studies and earned his Master of Divinity at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind. Christel is a native of Flushing, Mich. She also graduated from Concordia University, Ann Arbor, Mich., with a degree in business. She received her deaconess certificate from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind.
James ─ November 6th
Christel ─ February 8th