Rev. Lawrence and Tina Matro

Serving the Lord in the Oceania area of the Asia region



Rev. Lawrence and Tina MatroRev. Lawrence and Tina Matro serve the Lord as missionaries through The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) in the Oceania area of the Asia region, based in Papua New Guinea. In this role, Lawrence helps to develop and implement a mission strategy for this area and works to establish and maintain partnerships with other regional church bodies. He also works with other LCMS missionary staff serving in Papua New Guinea and is involved in theological education at Martin Luther Seminary in Lae.

Lawrence was born in Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich., and grew up in Warren, Mich. His home congregation is Immanuel Lutheran Church, Leland, Mich. He received a bachelor’s degree from Concordia University, Ann Arbor, Mich., and his Master of Divinity from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne. Before becoming a missionary, Lawrence was an evangelistic missionary in Birip, Papua New Guinea, for eight years. He also served as a pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Leland, Mich., for 21 years. His hobbies include gardening, doing yard work, biking, hiking, reading, following sports teams and doing minor auto and home repairs.

Tina was born in Lakewood, Ohio, and her home congregation is also Immanuel Lutheran Church, Leland, Mich. She received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio. Prior to heading to the mission field, she worked as a nurse in various capacities, with the most recent being as a nurse manager and sonographer in a pregnancy care center. Her hobbies include reading, computers and technology, and travel planning.


Pray for Larry and Tina as they serve the Lord in the Oceania area of the Asia region. Ask God to give them strength and peace as they live and serve in a setting that is both familiar to them (having served in Papua New Guinea before) and also new to them (as life has changed considerably from before). While they will miss some comforts of “home,” they have yet to miss the frigid temperatures and snow of a Michigan winter. Pray also for God’s continued care of Tina’s elderly parents, their four grown children and their grandchildren (whom they miss but are able to keep in touch with through social media). Let us give thanks to God the Matros have answered His call to serve the Lord and His people in this part of the world.

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Special Dates

  • Birthdays:
    • Lawrence - July 12
    • Tina - June 1
  • Wedding Anniversary:  July 10
  • Home District: Michigan

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