Rajek Family

Rev. Dr. Cory and Jennifer Rajek

Serving the Lord in Latvia


The Rev. Dr. Cory and Jennifer Rajek serve the Lord through The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) in Riga, Latvia. In this role, Cory teaches at the Luther Academy, the seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Latvia. He also serves as a missionary pastor to the area and leads Riga’s English-language service, which relaunched after being suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cory is originally from Merrill, Wis. He received his bachelor’s degree in Pastoral Ministry/Theological Languages from Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon, Wis., and his Master of Divinity degree from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. He also has a master’s degree in Servant Leadership from Viterbo University, LaCrosse, Wis., and a doctorate in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service from Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee. Before becoming a missionary, Cory served parishes in Iowa, Wisconsin and South Dakota. In his free time, Cory enjoys golf, hunting and spending time outdoors.

Jennifer is from Milwaukee, where she grew up at Grace Lutheran Church in Menomonee Falls, Wis. She received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Lakeland University, Sheboygan, Wis., and a master’s degree in Human Resources from Concordia University, St. Paul, St. Paul, Minn. Prior to moving to Latvia, Jennifer held several jobs, including branch office administrator for Edward Jones Investments, executive assistant to the secretary of Corrections for the state of South Dakota, and human resource specialist.


Pray for Cory and Jennifer as they serve in Riga. Ask God to watch over their travels and to strengthen them as they adapt to a new country and serve people from around the world. Pray, too, for the work of the Luther Academy in Latvia, as well as all the students who study there. Let us give thanks that the Rajeks are serving God’s people in this part of the world.

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Additional Information

  • Birthday: Cory — July 29, Jennifer — Jan. 8
  • Anniversary: Jan. 19
  • Home District: South Dakota

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