Rev. Dr. John and Melinda Bombaro and family -- Serving the Lord in the Czech Republic

Rev. Dr. John and Melinda Bombaro

Serving the Lord in the Czech Republic   •   Theological Educator


The Rev. Dr. John and Melinda Bombaro serve the Lord through The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) as missionaries to Eurasia, based in Prague, Czech Republic, where John serves as the Eurasia director of theological education. In this role, he heads up the Eurasia Regional Seminary collaboration with the Luther Academy in Riga, Latvia — the seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Latvia, a partner church of the LCMS. He also organizes theological seminars in various locations throughout the region.

John’s hometown is Stratford, N.J. He received a M.Th. at the University of Edinburgh, a Ph.D. from King’s College London, and a D.T.M. from the Westfield House and Cambridge Divinity School. His M.Div. is from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne. Before serving in Eurasia, John was senior pastor at Grace Lutheran Church, San Diego, and he planted St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, Koloa, Hawaii, and Blessed Sacrament Lutheran Church, Hayden, Idaho. Currently, he holds the rank of commander within the U.S. Navy Reserve Chaplain Corps.

Melinda’s hometown is Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada. She received a degree from Canadian Bible College and a certificate in Scotch-Irish studies from the University of Edinburgh. She worked at an investment company and a biotechnology corporation before aiding John in ministry. John and Melinda enjoy family games, camping, hiking, bonfires, football and reading with their beautiful children: Sophia, Marie, Anna and Luca.


Pray for the Bombaros as they serve in the Czech Republic. Ask God to strengthen them as they adjust to the culture and challenges of this region. Pray that Melinda would have opportunities to connect with women, particularly mothers with school-age children, and share the Gospel. Pray also that the family would be given wisdom and boldness as they proclaim Christ as Lord and Savior — and that they may inspire seminarians and pastors, especially those in Pakistan, to do the same.

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Additional Information

  • Birthdays:
    • John — Nov. 17
    • Melinda — Oct. 1
    • Sophia — May 21
    • Marie — Aug. 12
    • Anna — May 28
    • Luca — March 9
  • Wedding Anniversary: March 18
  • Home District: English

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