Rev. Carl and Chenhsi (Li) Hanson

Serving in the Asia Region



Rev. Carl and Chenhsi (Li) Hanson have served through The Lutheran—Missouri Synod (LCMS) as missionaries in the Asia region since August 1997. They currently are based in Hong Kong with their three daughters, Emma, Andrea and Lydia.

From 1997 to 2001, Carl served as a church planter in Taichung, Taiwan. In 2001, the mission sent Carl to serve together with a Chinese Lutheran pastor on the campus of Concordia Middle School in ChiaYi, Taiwan. In 2004, Carl was asked to serve as the area facilitator for East Asia. In 2009, the role of theological educator was added to Carl’s responsibilities. He currently serves as an adjunct professor at Concordia Theological Seminary in Hong Kong.

Since 2014, Carl has served as director of operations for the entire Asia region. He helps support the LCMS mission team in this region, the field leadership and St. Louis staff in sharing the good news of God’s love for everyone in Christ with the people of Asia.

Carl received both his Master of Divinity (1996) and his Master of Sacred Theology (1998) from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. Chenhsi was born in Taiwan and holds a master’s degree in translation and interpretation from Monterey Institute of International Studies, Monterey, Calif. She teaches Sunday school at The Church of All Nations (Hong Kong) and leads a Christian club for elementary school children. She also participates in various prayer meetings, Bible studies and book clubs as outreach opportunities in the school and church community.


The Hansons ask, “Pray God grants us wisdom in building mission partnerships, so that more local congregations and schools can be involved in mission work in Asia. Pray that God gives us direction in beginning new work as well as strength in supporting the area’s ongoing ministries. Pray that God grants us safety in traveling throughout Asia. Pray that the Lord of the Harvest calls more workers to Asia.” Let us give thanks to God for the Hansons continued service to His children in this part of the world.

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Additional Information

  • Birthdays:
    • Carl - June 7
    • Chenhsi - June 8
    • Emma - Jan. 17
    • Andrea - Jan. 17
    • Lydia - May 14
  • Wedding Anniversary: July 17
  • Home District: Iowa West

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