LCMS Missionary Mark Winterstein

Mark Winterstein

Serving the Lord in Germany — Refugee Outreach Missionary


Mark Winterstein serves the Lord through The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) in Germany, based in Leipzig. In this role, he assists congregations of the Independent Evangelical Lutheran Church (SELK), the Synod’s partner church in Germany, with their outreach to refugees and immigrants from the Middle East. This ministry includes language instruction and other outreach activities that help build relationships with the refugees.

Mark is from Olympia, Wash., and his home congregation is Zion Lutheran Church, Tacoma. He has a bachelor’s degree in linguistics with a minor in German from Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash. He also holds an associate degree in Farsi from the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, Calif. He received this specialized language training during the nine years he spent working as a Farsi linguist for the U.S. Navy. In his free time, Mark enjoys photography, hiking and reading.


Pray for Mark as he serves in Germany. Ask God to be with him as he builds relationships and improves his German and Farsi language skills. Pray that God would open the hearts of the people with whom Mark works and lives, that they may come to know His Son, Jesus Christ. Let us give thanks that Mark is serving God’s children in this part of the world.

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  • Birthday: Sept. 13
  • Home District: Northwest

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