Rev. Dr. Charles and Connie Cortright

Serving the Lord in Russia


 

Bio

Rev. Dr. Charles and Connie Cortright serve the Lord through The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) as missionaries in St. Petersburg, Russia. In this role, Charles teaches at the Theological Institute of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ingria in Russia (ELCIR), a partner church of the LCMS, and assists in the formation of ELCIR pastors. He teaches seminars and makes presentations to pastors and church workers throughout the region. Charles also provides pastoral care to the other LCMS personnel serving in this region.

Charles received his bachelor’s degree from Northwestern College, Watertown, Wis.; his Master of Divinity from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, Wis.; and his doctorate (Ph.D.) degree in historical theology from Marquette University, Milwaukee. Before coming to the LCMS, Charles served as a pastor at Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) congregations in California and New Jersey. He also taught theology at Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee. From 1996 to 2002, Charles participated in mission trips to Ukraine.

Connie received a bachelor’s degree in education from Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minn. Before serving in Russia, she worked as an elementary school teacher, librarian and office coordinator. She has written two novels and on-the-field blogs about life in Russia. Charles and Connie have four grown sons and thirteen grandchildren.

Prayers

Pray for Charles and Connie as they serve in Russia. Ask God to strengthen both of them as they work in St. Petersburg and learn the Russian language and culture. Ask God to use them daily in the work of helping the Ingrian Lutherans bring Jesus to the people of Russia. Pray, too, for the LCMS personnel serving in this region with them that they might find love and mercy in the Word and Sacrament ministry that Charles shares with them. Ask God to keep Charles and Connie safe as they travel. Pray for the hearts of people here in the United States who will partner with the Cortrights in prayer and financial support so they can participate in the Kingdom work with them. Let us give thanks that Charles and Connie are serving in this part of the world.

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  • Birthdays:
    • Charles - Nov. 23
    • Connie - July 31
  • Wedding Anniversary: June 10
  • Home District: South Wisconsin

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