Rev. Jonathan and Anita Clausing serve the Lord as career missionaries through The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) in Eastern Africa, based in Kenya. Rev. Clausing has been serving on the faculty at Neema Lutheran College at Matongo, Kenya during the 2017-2018 school year, teaching courses in New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, and Catholic Epistles. He also taught at St. Peter Lutheran Seminary in Himo, Tanzania for six weeks during 2017, offering intensive courses in Early Church History, the Epistle to the Romans, Luther's Small Catechism, and Lutheran Reformation and Confessions. The former seminary (Matongo) trains pastors for a variety of Lutheran church bodies in East African nations, while the latter (Himo) prepares pastors specifically for service in the Lutheran Church of East Africa, based in Tanzania.
Rev. Clausing is also the coordinator of this area’s Mission Training Center (MTC) programs, supporting existing MTC programs by teaching lay leaders, evangelists, and trainers; providing oversight and encouragement to local coordinators; and cultivating new requests for MTCs into functioning projects.
Rev. Clausing teaching at the seminary in Himo, Tanzania
Rev. Clausing administers Holy Communion with Rev. Omodhi at Uhuru Highway Lutheran Cathedral in Nairobi
Rev. Clausing teaching on Law & Gospel in the refugee camp in northern Uganda
Rev. Clausing with fellow brothers in Christ from the LCMS, Uganda and South Sudan
Jonathan was born and raised in Belvidere, Ill., where Immanuel Lutheran Church, his home congregation, is located. He received a bachelor’s degree in agricultural studies from Iowa State University, Ames and received his Master of Divinity from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo. Before serving in Eastern Africa, Jonathan served as the site director of Lutheran Valley Retreat, Woodland Park, Colo., and, most recently, as the director of campus ministry at Lutheran High School of St. Charles County, St. Peters, Mo. In his free time, Jonathan enjoys composing music and hymn texts, wilderness backpacking and mountain climbing.
Anita was born in Aurora, Ill., and her home congregation is Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church and School, Yorkville, Ill. She received a bachelor’s degree in secondary education, along with her Director of Christian Education certificate. Before heading to the mission field, Anita served as program director at Lutheran Valley Retreat, Woodland Park, Colo. Since 1999, she has been a stay-at-home mom, homeschooling their children. Her hobbies include sewing, gardening and connecting with friends on Facebook. Jonathan and Anita have nine children – Emil, Ellie, Ernie, Eunice, Ethan, Eric, Eileen, Elijah and Emmanuel – who join them on the mission field.
Please pray for the entire Clausing family as they serve in East Africa. Ask God to give them strength and peace as they transition to life overseas as missionaries. Pray that the Word of God takes root and bears the fruit of faith in the lives of the East Africans who hear it. Please also pray the hearts of people here in the United States are moved to pray for and to financially support the Clausings so they can “go with” this family on their journey of faith. Let us give thanks to God that the Clausings have answered His call to serve in this part of the world.