Rev. Dr. Arthur and Deaconess Eva Rickman

Serving the Lord in Latin America



The Rev. Dr. Arthur and Deaconess Eva Rickman serve the Lord through The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) as missionaries in Latin America, based in Panama. Arthur serves as an area facilitator in the region (covering Colombia, Cuba, Mexico and Panama), building and strength¬ening relationships with LCMS partners. In addition, Arthur oversees theological edu¬cation opportunities and manages diaconal work in the area. He also serves as sole pas¬tor of Redeemer Lutheran Church, Balboa, Panama, where Eva serves as a deaconess.

Eva assists with deaconess formation in the region. She serves as an adjunct professor at Concordia the Reformer Seminary and Mercy Center in the Dominican Republic, writes curriculum, and mentors the women studying in Panama and Spain.

Arthur and Eva are from Long Beach, Calif., where they attended Bethany Lutheran Church. They both graduated from California State University, Long Beach. Arthur holds a Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology, and Eva earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry, bio¬chemistry and creative writing. As Arthur studied for his Master of Divinity from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Eva worked concurrently toward a Master of Systematic Theology and Deaconess Certification. The couple then spent two years in Panama, where Arthur served as a vicar while Eva trained deaconesses. Arthur also has an MBA in Management, a Doctorate of Ministry in Leadership, a graduate certificate in Educational Technology and Online Instruction, and an Ed.S. degree in Education Specialist Curriculum and Instruction.

Arthur served as pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Grand Mound, Iowa, before returning to the mission field in 2012. The Rickmans have served as missionaries in both Latin America and the Asia region. They enjoy spending time and exploring God’s creation with their seven children: Bethany, Zoe, Noah, Nathaniel, Mary Anna, Adelheid and Hannah.


Pray for the Rickman family. They write, “Pray for health and safety as we live and serve in Latin America. Pray for strong relationships with our part¬ners and opportunities to reach out to our neigh¬bors.” Give thanks that Arthur and Eva are serving God’s people in this part of the world.

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  • Birthdays:
    • Arthur - Oct. 22
    • Eva - Dec. 10
    • Bethany - Aug. 24
    • Zoe - July. 10
    • Noah - April. 9
    • Nathaniel - July. 4
    • Mary Anna - Feb. 5
    • Adelheid - Nov. 2
    • Hannah - Nov. 2
  • Wedding Anniversary: June 15
  • Home District: Iowa East
  • Supporting Districts: Texas and Pacific Southwest

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