I was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and raised in Mallard, Iowa the son of Rev. and Mrs. James T. Wolfram. My High School and College years were spent in St. Paul, Minnesota attending Concordia Academy and Concordia College. In 1973 I graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and later that year married my high school sweetheart, Joy Sjostrand. We have been blessed with 3 children a nd two grandchildren. In 1977 I graduated from Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne Indiana with a Masters of Divinity degree and have since served parishes in Onida/Agar, South Dakota; Marcus, Iowa; Sergeant Bluff, Iowa; and Des Moines, Iowa._In 1988 I received a special calling to serve as a Chaplain in the United States Navy Reserves. During my Reserve career I have served both Navy and Marines and am currently serving at the Navy Operational Support Center in Des Moines.
One Chanh Keeouthai
Southeast Asian Pastor
I was born in 1944, in a remote suburb of Vientienne, Laos. My father died when I was a young child, so life for my brother and sister, together my widowed mother was a continual struggle. Sometimes, we would not eat for days at a time. I was able to attend school as a young child, but our family’s poverty forced me to quit school, to help support my family, before I could finish High School. I was drafted in 1959 and served as a soldier until 1964. I then worked at the American Embassy until 1968 in their electrical generating facility. This association with Americans, later put myself and my family at risk, when the Pathet Lao Communists seized control of my country in 1977.
In 1978 I fled Laos to a Refugee Camp in Thailand, known as Camp Nongkhai. I was fortunate to be resettled in the United States within a year, by an Open Bible Congregation, in Des Moines. It was through their witness I became a Baptized Christian. I served and assisted a number of Christian congregations in Des Moines, in evangelism efforts to the Tai Dam, and Laotian peoples, all while working a full time job. I later returned to Thailand to visit, and had the opportunity to share the Gospel in many places.
Upon my return from Thailand, I decided I wanted to work full time in sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ, to the Southeast Asian Community, in the Des Moines area. I heard about the Refugee Work at Trinity, and of the missionary, and evangelical spirit that existed there. I was attracted to their love of God’s Word, and and heartfelt concern about Refugees. I felt that God wanted me at Trinity, and that God opened the way for me to come to Trinity Lutheran Church full time, and to bring me to the Lutheran faith.
My wife Ngeune (June) and I were married in 1967. We have 3 daughters, and 2 sons. I hope that I may someday further my education, to be of greater service to my Lord.
I was installed as the Sudanese Lay Worker for Trinity on February 9, 1997. I am a member of the Nuer tribe, the fifth child in my family, born June 25, 1968 in South Sudan. My family fled to Ethiopia in 1983 because of the Civil War in Sudan and I was fortunate to graduate from Gambela High School.
I was married in 1989 to Rebecca Nya Lam Lam, and God gave us two daughters while still in Ethiopia. My family left Ethiopia in 1992, and transferred to a refugee camp in Kenya. I was able to find work in the camp as a janitor. We were later accepted for United States resettlement program.
My family arrived in Des Moines on November 29, 1993. We were met at the airport by members of Trinity Lutheran Church. Later I took adult confirmation classes at Trinity, and studied the Old Testament. I learned what it means to be a Lutheran and it was very refreshing and comforting for me. My family later became members. My third daughter was born a US citizen in 1995. We now have seven children. Between 1993 and 1994 almost 400 Nuer refugees arrived in Des Moines and were attending services at Trinity. In 1994 our members began having Worship Services in the Nuer language.
Trinity congregation has also helped establish a Sudanese Lutheran Community in Perry, Iowa, and in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Our Savior Lutheran Church in Des Moines has recently began work with the Sudanese and now has a substantial number of members. Fourteen LCMS ministries have now been established in the United States ministering to the Nuer people.
I was born on March 13th 1987, to Danny and Nancy Anderson. I was raised on Long Island, New York and lived in a number of towns in the Long Island area. Growing up I got to know Long Island well, as my Grandfather owned a moving company that I worked for every summer. In 2005 when I graduated High School, I enrolled at Concordia College New York in their Pre-Seminary program. While at Concordia I studied Christian Doctrine and Digital Film Making. In 2009 the National Lutheran Fraternity, Beta Sigma Psi, offered me a one-year position on their staff. I moved to St. Louis to work out of their main office and ended up living around the Corner from Concordia Seminary. As the year continued, I felt the guidance of the Lord and His church continuing to lead me to the Seminary. So in 2010 I started studying for the ministry at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis and this past May I received my vicarage placement to serve here at Trinity.
Most of my family still lives in New York including my mother Nancy, my brother Daniel and my Grandparents Morton and Marianne. It was my grandfather who raised me as an avid New York Mets fan; and my brother who got me interested in Science fiction, From Star Wars to Doctor Who
I am looking forward to serving you this year at Trinity, getting to know the students of Drake, and enjoying my time here in Des Moines. Go Bulldogs!
I was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa, raised near Rockwell City and graduated from The American Institute of Business (AIB). After spending nine years at home with my family, I became the Church Secretary/Office Manager at Trinity, in 1991.
My family have been members of Trinity since 1980, and have been involved in the Sunday School, Midweek Education Programs, Youth Ministries, the Nursery Program, the local Aid Association for Lutherans Branch, (AAL) and other areas of Family Ministry. Husband, Barry, and I have six children and five grandchildren. We live in Mitchellville, Iowa.