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Lori Endress: Thailand

Lori Endress
  • Serving in Chiang Mai, Thailand at Payap University, an institution founded by the Church of Christ in Thailand
  • Currently developing and teaching English programs at Payap's McGilvary Faculty of Theology and Seminary
  • Birthday: January 7
  • Address: McGilvary Seminary, Payap University, Chiang Mai 50000, Thailand

Lori was born on Staten Island, New York. She studied English Language and Literature (Hon. BA) at Waterloo Lutheran University and Education (BEd) at the University of Toronto. After several years of English teaching in Toronto, Lori went to graduate school at York University, Toronto for her MA in English.

Her love of international experience and languages led her to a two-year teaching contract in Nigeria with CUSO, post-graduate courses in Mannheim, Germany, and Oxford, England, and a nine-year teaching position in Zurich, Switzerland, at the Swiss School of Continued Higher Education and Management.

For eight years, Lori served as a development educator for Canadian Lutheran World Relief. In keeping with the belief that learning is a lifelong pursuit and her desire to deepen her faith and religious understanding, she began theological studies at the University of Winnipeg working on a MDiv degree.

Lori was a member of the ELCIC World Mission Interim Working Group, the Manitoba/Northwestern Ontario Synod representative for Lutheran Laity Movement for Stewardship in Canada and a national representative to synodical discipline committees. At the congregational level, she has served on church council and been a member of the choir and the ELW.

As an ELCIC Long-term Missionary in a joint placement with the Division for Global Mission of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Lori served from 1999 to 2001 at the College of Religious Studies, Mahidol University, a distinguished state Buddhist university in Bangkok, Thailand. There she developed and taught an English curriculum and prepared graduate students for their TOFEL exams.

From February 2002 to May 2004, Lori served in Thailand as an ELCIC Short-term Missionary with funding provided by the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia. At Payap University in Chiang Mai, she was a Coordinator/Teacher in the Special English Program of the International Affairs Division. Payap University was founded in 1974 by the Church of Christ in Thailand.

Lori returned to Chiang Mai as a Short-term Missionary in August 2004 for two more years, funded this time mainly by ELCIC Missionary Sponsorships and supplemented by Payap University. Her new assignment at Payap's McGilvary Faculty of Theology and Seminary is to develop and teach English programs for specific needs to faculty, graduate students, pastors in upgrading programs, and staff.

Lori's interests include travel, languages, theology, literature, music, art, walking, cooking and gardening.


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