Rev. David and Joyce Erber

Serving the Lord in Africa



Rev. David and Joyce Erber serve the Lord through The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) in Africa, based in Accra, Ghana.

David serves as a theological educator providing continuing education for pastors in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ghana. He works to equip the newly appointed Regional Head Pastors with the knowledge and skills they need to mentor the pastors and congregations in their respective regions. The goal is to enable the church presently located in 30 geo/political districts to reach out to the major population centers of the remaining 245 districts in Ghana. David also conducts an ongoing weekly “WhatsApp” workshop for pastors in Ghana on textual study and sermon preparation.

Joyce serves as the regional business manager for Africa. She is responsible for managing the financial and accounting dynamics for 26 LCMS missionaries and 82 mission projects. In addition to serving the missionaries, Joyce also works closely with the other world area business managers and the office staff at the LCMS International Center.

David and Joyce have served as LCMS missionaries since 1986. Before Ghana, the Erbers lived in Nigeria for 25 years. David has served in various church planting, local church leadership training, seminary instruction and mission administration capacities over the years. David and Joyce have three grown children, Luke, Jonathan and Naomi.


The apostle Paul wrote to Timothy, “and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also” (2 Tim. 2:2). Pray for the Erbers as they serve in Africa. Pray they are given wisdom and strength as David participates in training and equipping the next generation of pastors and leaders for the church in Ghana, and as Joyce takes care of the many financial details which enable LCMS missionaries to serve in many countries throughout Africa. Let us give thanks to God that David and Joyce continue to serve His people in this part of the world.

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  • Birthdays:
    • David - Jan. 5
    • Joyce - Aug. 9
  • Wedding Anniversary: Nov. 26
  • Home District: Michigan

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