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Bob and his wife Rita have lived in Locust Grove, Virginia since June 2015. Prior to that, Bob served at Trinity Lutheran Church in Frankfurt, Germany for over 5 years.

Growing up in rural Minnesota, Bob has heard since childhood about the importance of overseas mission. During his time as a pastor in Mesa, Arizona, Bob was involved with several short-term mission trips to Germany as they partnered with the Independent Lutheran Church of Germany (SELK). The teams were involved in VBS and sports camps. Bob has served congregations in Minnesota, Florida, and Arizona in addition to Frankfurt, Germany.

Bob became involved with MCN in 2014 as a travel assistant, and later joined the Missionary Care team. He has been blessed to visit the Mission Partners in Slovakia and Hungary to see how the Lord is accomplishing His will through teaching ESL and building partnerships with students and colleagues.

Bob received his Bachelor’s Degree from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and his MDiv. from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Presently, Bob and Rita spend a little over six months in Arizona and the rest of the year in Virginia. In Arizona, they have many family members in the Phoenix area. In Virginia, Bob and Rita live with their son Ryan, his wife Tammy and their two children.

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