Pastor Chris Byars is a native of Grand Forks, ND. He and his wife, Dawn, have 6 children, ages 15 to 7. Graduated from Luther Seminary (2007) and ordained (2008), he has served congregations in Florida, Indiana and Wisconsin, and currently at St. John's Lutheran Church, Gillett, WI.

Spiritual Orphans’ story speaks deeply to Pastor David Breidenbach. Raised in an agnostic household, David heard the Gospel for the first time during a Good Friday service in 1992. Touched by this experience, he quit his broadcasting career to become a Lutheran pastor. He has been Executive Director of SON since 2015.

Jessica Albers is the 6th generation of her family to serve the LCMS in professional ministry. Her 15-year career has focused primarily on strategic ministry growth. In 2022, Jessica completed the Director of Church Ministries program through Concordia Wisconsin and in 2023 she joined Lutheran Bible Translators as Social Media + Content Coordinator.

Marti Wade is a researcher, writer, editor, and curator with almost 30 years experience in mission mobilization and communication. Since 2004, Marti is the managing editor and publisher of Missions Catalyst. She is a member of Pioneers and also serves on the board of directors for MissionWorks. She lives in Hillsboro, Oregon.

Seth Hinz joined Lutheran Bible Translators as Director for Branding + Marketing in March 2023. For over 14 years he has helped churches, schools and ministries develop marketing strategies. He is a founder of the resource Facebook group Lutheran Communicators, and became a StoryBrand Certified Guide in 2019.

Vicki Strege, a retired Spanish and Family & Consumer Science teacher, serves with her husband on Living Word Lutheran Church’s Mission Board. Vicki also serves as coordinator of ALWM’s E-Learning Friendship English Conversation program, assisting volunteers using a video platform for nurses in Vietnam to improve their English skills.

Dure has served the displaced/destitute Ethiopian Oromo Christians living in Kenya for 24 years. As a visionary of the North Kenya mission outreach, operated by the Oromo Christian Fellowship in Nairobi (OCFN), her focus is harvesting souls and planting churches. Dure is married to Dr. Asfaw Kumssa, an international economist.

After 30 years of ministry, Pastor Douglas is more excited than ever about reaching people with the Gospel and seeing the life transforming power of the Holy Spirit as people grow as disciples. He has served congregations in Texas, California and now Indiana. He podcasts the Daily Plunge.

Randall Stubbs, a new Global Worker with the North American Lutheran Church (with ALWM as sending agency), has lived/worked in Tanzania for 16 years at Tumaini University Makumira, a Lutheran university, as a Music Lecturer and Manager of their Cultural Arts Centre. His family also is important in this ministry. More information: