Rev. Dr. Daniel and Joan Jastram

Serving the Lord in Asia


The Rev. Dr. Daniel Jastram serves as a missionary on behalf of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) in Asia, where he lives with his wife in Tokyo, Japan. In this role, Dr. Jastram coordinates efforts to make Lutheran resources of theology and worship available in all of Japan. He provides regular services at worship sites, plans for and manages translation work of theological resources, and nurtures relations with local Lutheran pastors facing individual challenges to the faith.

Daniel was born in Shibata, Japan, and was raised overseas in an LCMS missionary family. His childhood congregation was Shibata Lutheran Church. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne. Later, he earned both a master’s degree and a doctorate in classical languages from the University of Wisconsin—Madison. Before serving in Asia, he was a professor of theology at Concordia University, St. Paul, St. Paul, Minn., and Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon, Wis. He also served as sole pastor of Messiah Lutheran Church, Forest Lake, Minn. In his free time, Daniel enjoys reading, hiking and bookbinding.

Joan was born in Mitchell, S.D., where her childhood congregation was Zion Lutheran Church. She received her Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) degree from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Twin Cities, Minn. Currently Joan works as a clinical psychologist in private practice in Tokyo. In her free time, she enjoys reading and hiking.


Pray for Daniel and Joan as they serve in Asia. Thank our heavenly Father for the blessing of His Word and Sacraments wherever in the world they are proclaimed and administered. Thank our Savior, Jesus Christ, for the truth of His salvation as witnessed in our catechetical, theological and worship materials. Thank the Holy Spirit for concord in doctrine and practice as we work with each other and with various partner church bodies. Give thanks to the Lord for the Jastrams, who serve His children in this part of the world.

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  • Birthdays:
    • Daniel - Nov. 26
    • Joan - March 4
  • Wedding Anniversary: Aug. 20
  • Home District: Minnesota South

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