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Rev. Paul and Genevieve Nelson

Serving the Lord in the Indonesia


The Rev. Paul and Genevieve (Gena) Nelson serve on behalf of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) in Indonesia, based in Medan. In this role, Paul works closely with the Indonesian Christian Lutheran Church and helps train and mentor local pastors and lay leaders.

Paul grew up in Mesa, Arizona. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history from Arizona State University, Tempe, Ariz., and a Master of Divinity from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. Upon ordination, he served as pastor of First Lutheran Church of Camarillo, Calif. (2008–2010) and as pastor of Emanuel Lutheran Church, Santa Barbara, Calif. (2010–2021). He also has 15 years of experience as a senior instructor at the University of Advancing Technology in Tempe, Ariz. In his free time, Paul enjoys reading, writing, traveling, cooking and pocket billiards.

Gena was born in Goroka, Papua New Guinea, where her family served with the LCMS. She received an associate degree in biblical studies from Lutheran Bible Institute, formerly located in Issaquah, Wash., and then completed a bachelor’s degree in behavioral science at Concordia University Irvine, Irvine, Calif. She later founded and directed the International Friendship House in Tempe, Ariz. Gena’s hobbies include breadmaking, dancing, traveling and tea. The Nelsons have three children: Alec, Mika and Caedmon.


Pray for Paul and Gena as they serve in Indonesia. Pray also for each member of the family as they transition to a new location and culture. Ask God to give them patience and confidence as they learn Bahasa Indonesia, the official language of the country. Pray also that they would be able to establish good relationships with the people around them in their new home. Let us give thanks that the Nelson family is serving in this part of the world.

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  • Birthday: Paul — March 29, Genevieve — Aug. 7, Alec — May. 27, Mika — Dec. 17, Caedmon — May. 4
  • Anniversary: July 8
  • Home District: Pacific Southwest

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