The Rev. Jason and Anna Marie Steffenson serve the Lord as missionaries through The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) at a new seminary in Shinyanga, Tanzania.

Rev. Jason and Anna Marie Steffenson

Serving the Lord in Tanzania — Theological Educator


The Rev. Jason and Anna Marie Steffenson serve the Lord as missionaries through The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) at a new seminary in Shinyanga, Tanzania. Jason is the professor of Greek and Hebrew and assists in pastoral formation.

Jason, Anna Marie, and their sons Johanes and Immanuel are currently members of Trinity Lutheran Church, Ardmore, Okla. Jason grew up in Plattville, Illinois and has lived around the state. He holds a B.A. in theology from Concordia University, Nebraska, Seward, Neb. (2009), and an M.Div. from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis (2019). He has taken several trips to Israel, the West Bank and Jordan, where he volunteered in several capacities such as serving at a home for people with physical and mental disabilities. He has also spent time teaching English as a Second Language in Taiwan. Between 2019 and 2022, he served as pastor of both First Lutheran Church, Ada, Okla. and Hope Lutheran Church, Sulphur, Okla. Jason enjoys making music, hiking, running, camping and learning languages.

Anna Marie is from Jerusalem and attended Concordia University, Nebraska. She double majored in studio art and business administration. Later on she lived and worked in Taiwan as an international business consultant. In 2013 she started her own small business: Fine Art by Anna Marie. Her artwork is in private, corporate, public, religious and royal collections throughout the world. She served as the president of the Ada Artist’s Association, taught personal finance classes at her local pregnancy resource center and served on the Board of Directors for the LCMS Oklahoma District. In her free time, Anna Marie enjoys international affairs and all forms of fiber arts.


Pray for the Steffenson family as they serve in Tanzania. Ask God to bless their efforts to learn Swahili and to acclimate to their new home. Pray also for the new seminary where Jason serves, that it would equip students to serve the church and share the Gospel message to the best of their ability. Let us give thanks to God that the Steffensons are serving His people in this part of the world.

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Additional Information

  • Birthdays:
    • Jason — Sept. 29
    • Anna Marie — Sept. 1
    • Johanes — Nov. 20
    • Immanuel — Oct. 2
  • Wedding Anniversary: July 7
  • Home District: Oklahoma

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