Rev. Gary and Stephanie Schulte

Serving the Lord in West Africa



Rev. Gary and Stephanie SchulteRev. Gary and Stephanie Schulte serve the Lord through The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) as missionaries in West Africa. As the West Africa Area Director, Gary supervises, facilitates and provides vision for the work the LCMS does in assisting its four West African partner churches with their seminaries and in serving in seven mission field locations (including Benin, Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone and the Congo). As the West Africa Regional Coordinator for Mercy Medical Work, Stephanie envisions, facilitates and coordinates Community Health Education (CHE) initiatives, health clinics and the deployment of Mercy Medical Teams (MMTs) to this part of Africa.

Gary was born in Lawton, Okla. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis, and his Master of Divinity from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. Over the years, Gary has served as a missionary in Togo (1987-2000) and in Cote d’Ivoire (2000-2003). Most recently, he served as the pastor at Zion Lutheran Church, Hillsboro, Mo. (2005-2015). In his free time, he enjoys sports of all kinds, hiking, reading and computers.

Stephanie was born in Cheverly, Md. She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Washington University in St. Louis, her registered nurse (R.N.) certification from Jefferson College, Hillsboro, Mo., and a bachelor’s degree in nursing (B.S.N.) from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Stephanie has worked as a home health care nurse, a staff registered nurse in trauma/ acute care surgery at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, and as an adjunct faculty member at Jefferson College. She also served with Gary in Togo and Cote d’Ivoire. Stephanie’s hobbies include hiking and reading.

Gary and Stephanie call St. John’s Lutheran Church, Arnold, Mo., their home congregation. In addition, they have four adult children - Tim, Tom, Jeff and Ariana.


Please pray for the Schultes as they serve in West Africa. Ask God to give them and their four children strength as they are so far away from each other. Pray God continues to preserve Gary and Stephanie’s good physical and spiritual well-being while they are on the mission field. Ask God to grant them success in sharing the life-giving message of the Gospel as they seek to free people from the bondage of their traditional beliefs. Pray that God continues to raise up faithful indigenous pastors throughout the region. Ask God to grant success to Stephanie’s new medical ministry in the midst of such great physical need. Let us thank God the Schultes are serving His children in this part of the world.

Special Dates

  • Birthdays:
    • Gary - Aug. 7
    • Stephanie - May 6
  • Wedding Anniversary: May 31
  • Home District: Missouri

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