Rev. Jonathan and Anita Clausing

Serving the Lord in Eastern Africa



Rev. Jonathan and Anita Clausing serve the Lord as missionaries through The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) in Eastern Africa, based in Tanzania. Jonathan serves as a theological educator at St. Peter Theological Seminary in Himo, Tanzania, teaching a variety of courses in multiple departments.

Jonathan was born in Belvidere, Ill., where Immanuel Lutheran Church, his home congregation, is located. He grew up on the family farm outside of town and received a bachelor’s degree in agricultural studies from Iowa State University, Ames. He received his Master of Divinity from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. Before serving in Tanzania, Jonathan taught for a year and a half at Neema Lutheran College in Matongo, Kenya. Prior to becoming an LCMS missionary, he served for 11 years as the director of campus ministry at Lutheran High School of St. Charles County, St. Peters, Mo. In his free time, Jonathan enjoys long-distance running.

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, from Concordia University, Nebraska, Seward. 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. She enjoys sewing. Jonathan and Anita have nine children — Emil, Ellie, Ernie, Eunice, Ethan, Eric, Eileen, Elijah and Emmanuel. Emil, their oldest child, works for Concordia University Chicago, River Forest, Ill.; Ellie and Ernie both attend Concordia University Nebraska, Seward, Neb.; and their other six children are with them on the mission field.


Pray for the entire Clausing family as they serve in Tanzania. Ask God to give them strength and peace in their 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.

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Additional Information

  • Birthdays:
    • Jonathan - Aug. 20
    • Anita - Dec. 9
    • Emil - Oct. 29
    • Ellie - Jan. 10
    • Ernie - July 16
    • Eunice - June 1
    • Ethan - May 8
    • Eric - Dec. 16
    • Eileen - Aug. 21
    • Elijah - July 3
    • Emmanuel - March 6
  • Wedding Anniversary: Aug. 16
  • Home District: Missouri

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