Deaconess Sandra Rhein

Serving the Lord in Asia



Deaconess Sandra Rhein serves The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) in Asia, based in Taiwan. In her role as Sacred Music Educator, she responds to partner church needs and requests for Lutheran hymnals and hymnody, guides them in developing musical and liturgical resources, and helps build their churches in their ability to share the Word of God in local languages. In this role, she seeks to foster the appreciation for church music, worship and hymnody among the varied people of Asia. Her work promotes the furthering of the Gospel proclamation using the highest forms of art available to the church.

Sandra also continues to consult on two existing hymnal projects of LCMS’ Office of International Mission and will see them through to their completion.

Sandra’s hometown is South Bend, Ind. She earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Master of Arts in Theology degree, with her deaconess certification, from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind. Before serving in Asia, she served as the organist, choir director and deaconess at Emmaus Lutheran Church in South Bend, Ind. Sandra’s hobbies include spending time with her grandchildren, baking and gardening.

Sandra’s husband, Robert, is an associate professor of music at Bethel University in Mishawaka, Ind. Sandra and Robert have four children - Amanda Pearl (married to Jordan), Naomi, Nathaniel (married to Sarah), and Maggie (married to Jonathan).


Pray for Sandra as she serves in Asia. Ask God to give her peace and strength as she continues to understand the culture and traditions and strives to acquire a stronger grasp of the language. Pray that God would open doors for the Gospel in Asia and that He would empower, through the Holy Spirit, those who hear it to believe and be saved. Ask God to break down barriers to the development of a churchly music culture in Asia where music serves the Word of God, and Christ and His cross are at the center of it. Let us give thanks to God that Sandra is serving His children in this part of the world.

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  • Birthdays:
    • Sandra - Nov. 2
    • Robert - March 6
  • Wedding Anniversary: July 19
  • Home District: Indiana

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