Rev. James and Deaconess Christel Neuendorf -- Serving the Lord in Puerto Rico

Rev. James and Deaconess Christel Neuendorf

Serving the Lord in Puerto Rico


The Rev. James and Deaconess Christel Neuendorf serve the Lord through The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) in Puerto Rico. Both have served as missionaries in this region since 2008, in Panama and the Dominican Republic.

James is a missionary pastor in the city of Ponce, Puerto Rico. His focus is on establishing a strong Lutheran presence in this city that will boldly proclaim the Gospel and meet the physical and spiritual needs of a community that is hungry for the Gospel and for hope.

As a deaconess, Christel works to establish a presence of Christ’s mercy through the Casa de Amparo y Respuesta al Desastre (House of Refuge and Disaster Response) mercy houses and through congregational activities. She is also engaged in assessing needs in the community and coordinating efforts to meet those needs as a congregation and mission.

James and Christel both grew up in Michigan and finished their studies at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind.


Pray for the Neuendorfs as they serve in Puerto Rico. Ask God to work through James and Christel to bring the Good News to people who are desperate for words of hope. Pray for their safety and for wisdom as they navigate the challenges of church planting in the midst of disaster recovery. Finally, pray for the first generation of Lutherans in Ponce, Puerto Rico, that they may faithfully carry on the torch to other cities and generations to come!

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Additional Information

  • Birthdays:
    • James – Nov. 6
    • Christel – Feb. 8
  • Wedding Anniversary: Aug. 8
  • Home District: Michigan

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