Rev. David and Joyce Erber

Serving the Lord in Africa



Rev. David and Joyce Erber serve the Lord through The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) as missionaries in Africa, based in Accra, Ghana, West Africa.

As a theological educator, David provides special training opportunities for Ghanaian and Nigerian pastors. Presently, he is working with a team of senior pastors in Ghana to develop a training program for men who are already employed but have time during the week and on weekends to study and serve as pastors. He is also working with a second group of pastors equipping them to serve as instructors for this same training program or to serve in other leadership capacities in the church. David also works with a group of Nigerian pastors who are conducting research in evangelism in their local communities.

Joyce serves as the business manager for the Africa region. She is responsible for managing the financial and accounting dynamics for 30 LCMS missionaries and 82 mission projects in Africa.

David and Joyce have served as LCMS missionaries since 1986. Before Ghana, the Erbers lived in Nigeria for 25 years. David has served in various church planting, local church leadership training, seminary instruction and mission administration capacities over the years. David and Joyce have three grown children, Luke, Jonathan and Naomi, who go to school and work in the United States.


The apostle Paul wrote to Timothy, “and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also” (2 Tim. 2:2). Pray for the Erbers as they serve in Africa. Pray they are given wisdom and strength as David participates in training and equipping the next generation of pastors and leaders for the church in Ghana, and as Joyce takes care of the many financial details which enable LCMS missionaries to serve in many countries throughout Africa. Let us give thanks to God that David and Joyce continue to serve His children in this part of the world.

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  • Birthdays:
    • David - Jan. 5
    • Joyce - Aug. 9
  • Wedding Anniversary: Nov. 26
  • Home District: Michigan

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