•  Country Summary
  • The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod began work in Guatemala in 1947. LCMS work focused on the areas of seminary education, evangelism and leadership training. In the past, long-term missionaries taught at Christian schools.

    In 1976, the LCMS began supporting mercy work in Guatemala with grants for housing, agricultural development and consultation, paramedic training, and building/reconstructing mission properties. Most recently, a grant provided food and roofing materials for Guatemalans affected by a tornado.

    Today, the LCMS supports theological education in Guatemala to build up the future church leaders and provide ongoing equipping to its pastors and lay leaders.

    The Lutheran Church of Guatemala is focused on training leaders, Bible translation and literacy work. Additional emphases include media broadcasting over six radio stations and one television station. Every month, more than 300 people respond to radio and television ministries and more than 300 are enrolled in Bible correspondence courses.

    Other LCMS organizations that have worked in Guatemala include: Lutheran Hour Ministries, Children's Christian Concern Society and Central America Lutheran Mission Society.

    The Lutheran Church of Guatemala is a sister/partner church of the LCMS.

    Over the years, The Lutheran Church of Guatemala (LCG) has grown to a baptized membership of approximately 4,000 in 40 congregations and preaching stations and a national staff of 20 including pastors, evangelists, deacons and lay preachers. The church operates one seminary, two preschools, two primary schools and one secondary school.


  •  Missionaries
  • Currently, no LCMS missionaries reside in this country. To search for missionaries serving in this region in other countries, please visit missionary search database. To learn more about the LCMS global mission team, visit


  •  Partner Churches
  • A partner church is a church body with whom the LCMS has full altar and pulpit fellowship. Many LCMS partner churches are also members of the International Lutheran council, a worldwide association of confessional Lutheran church bodies. Some LCMS partner churches came into existence through LCMS-supported mission efforts,while others have historic roots that pre-date the LCMS or that are sourced in the mission efforts of other Lutheran church bodies.

  •  Contact Information
  • Field Office Address:
    Apartado 1356
    Santiago, Dominican Republic

    (Please do NOT send packages to this address)


    Partner Church:
    Lutheran Church of Guatemala
    6ta. Calla D 11-29 Zona 1
    Quetzaltenango, Guatemala


News Stories

Latin America – Reporter
From the Mission Field – May 2018
Leaders of six Lutheran church bodies, three seminaries and five Bible institutes gathered with over 40 other theologians and church workers at the Concordia The Reformer Mercy Center and Seminary in Santiago, Dominican Republic. In Kenya, Britt Odemba is celebrating five years of service as an LCMS career missionary.
Monday, May 21, 2018 2:31:46 PM

Missouri Synod missionaries from across U.S. accept calls to serve abroad
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod has announced 10 missionaries accepting calls to serve in seven countries around the globe. The Synod’s newest missionaries serve in Germany, the Czech Republic, the Dominican Republic, Hong Kong, Peru, Spain and Uganda.
Thursday, July 27, 2017 3:14:03 PM

‘Boards and Business’ — LCMS Board of Directors
Actions at the Board’s May 19-20 meeting in St. Louis include adoption of a prudent, lean Synod budget, contingent on further expense reductions.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017 12:02:38 PM

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