Deaconess Christel Neuendorf,

Serving the Lord in the Latin America and the Caribbean Region



Deaconess Christel Neuendorf and her husband, JamesDeaconess Christel Neuendorf serves the Lord through The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) as a career missionary in the Latin America and the Caribbean region. She, along with her husband James, has served as a missionary in this region, based in Panama and then in the Dominican Republic, for nine years.

Christel currently serves as the missionary care coordinator for this region. She works to ensure that the other LCMS missionaries serving in this region are properly oriented, trained and cared for during their time of service. Her previous missionary experience and her deaconess training bring valuable specialized care to the more than 70 LCMS missionaries and their family members living and serving across this region. She also serves as an advocate and confidant for the missionaries and their families as they navigate the challenges of missionary life and service.

Christel works specifically to expand the network of support for the spiritual, physical, mental and financial well-being of each individual missionary serving in this region. To that end, she has temporarily transitioned to living in the United States with her husband, James, as he completes his seminary studies at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne.

Christel is a native of Flushing, Mich. She graduated from Concordia University, Ann Arbor, Mich., with a degree in business. She received her deaconess certificate from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne. She enjoys tasting coffees from around Latin America, running and cooking.


Pray for Christel as she cares for the LCMS missionaries serving in the Latin America and the Caribbean region. Ask the Lord to protect her as she travels throughout the region. Ask God to give Christel the strength and energy she needs to carry out her vocations of wife, deaconess and regional missionary care coordinator, and James, his vocations of husband and student. Let’s give thanks for Christel’s service to God’s children in this part of the world.

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Special Dates


  • Christel - Feb. 8
  • James - Nov. 6



Wedding Anniversary:

  •   Aug. 8



Home District:

  •   Michigan




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