Rev. Matthew Heise,
Serving the Lord in Eurasia
Rev. Matthew Heise serves as a theological educator to Russia and other former Soviet republics, such as Georgia, where he resides, and other countries throughout Eurasia. Matthew teaches at the seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ingria. He also conducts theological seminars throughout Russia, identifying future students for the ministry. In Georgia, he supports the work of Georgian evangelists as they reach out with the Gospel to others around them, lead Bible studies and work towards planting churches. He has long had a fascination with Russia, being the grandson of Russian-German immigrants. Before studying for the pastoral ministry, Matthew served as a missionary in Moscow from 1994 to 1996, where he taught English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) classes and was the ESL coordinator.
Born in Dearborn, Mich., he is a lifelong member of Guardian Lutheran Church in Dearborn. Matthew holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.; a master’s degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich.; and a master’s degree in divinity from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo. His hobbies include sports, traveling and reading.
Please pray for safety for Matthew and all other missionaries and for “a boldness to witness to the hope that I have in Jesus Christ, with gentleness and respect,” (1 Peter 3:15-16). Lift up the people of Russia and Georgia in your prayers as well, so that their hearts and minds may be open to the message of truth that Matthew and other Christians share with them.
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