Rev. Steven and Martha Mahlburg

Serving the Lord in Sri Lanka


Rev. Steven and Martha Mahlburg serve the Lord through The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) as missionaries in Sri Lanka. Steven partners with the Ceylon Evangelical Lutheran Church (CELC) in Sri Lanka to share the hope we have in Jesus Christ. He provides administrative support, Christian education and mentoring for the pastors, evangelists and laypeople of the CELC. He travels to the CELC congregations around Sri Lanka to encourage a bold witness to Jesus Christ. Steven also assists Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Colombo by conducting the English service, teaching Sunday School and providing English-language pastoral care. In addition, Steven supports the regional director as a manager for other missionaries in the Asia region.

Steven grew up in the suburbs of Detroit. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, Mich., in 1991, and his Master of Divinity from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, in 1995. He served for 20 years as a parish pastor before beginning his service as an international missionary. Steven enjoys reading, the performing arts, camping and the outdoors.

Martha also grew up in the Detroit suburbs and earned a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University. Martha’s hobbies include reading, cross-stitching and watching movies. Steven and Martha enjoy spending time with their five children — Autumn, Liberty, Skye, Rose and Duncan.


Pray for the Mahlburg family as they serve in Sri Lanka. Ask God to give them strength and wisdom to find the opportunities among the challenges of serving in Sri Lanka. Pray for the spread of the Gospel throughout all of Sri Lanka. Pray the Lord will raise up young men to become pastors in the CELC.

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Additional Information

  • Birthdays:
    • Steven - Jan. 27
    • Martha - Dec. 11
    • Autumn - Sept. 13
    • Liberty - July 15
    • Skye - May 29
    • Rose - March 19
    • Duncan - July 24
  • Wedding Anniversary: Aug. 11
  • Home District: Michigan

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