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Kelvin Krieger,
Program Coordinator,
Mission in the World
Phone 204.984.9164
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1.888.786.6707 Ext 164
Fax 204.984.9185
E-mail vim@elcic.ca
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Mission Personnel

(Updated March 2009)


This is a living poster of the Long-term Missionaries, Short-term Missionaries, Amazon and Patagonia Mission Pastors and Volunteers in Mission. It is updated regularly as changes occur.

For further details on Long-term Missionaries, click on their name.

Long-term Missionaries

El Salvador

Rev Brian Rude

  • Serving with the Quetzalcoatl Foundation; accompanying HIV and AIDS prevention/awareness and wellness workshops in prisons in El Salvador and program alternatives for at-risk youth in marginal neighbourhoods in and around the capital city of San Salvador
  • Accompanies the Salvadoran Lutheran Synod program of AIDS workshops, for youth, pastors and radio, as well as its ecumenical multi-sectoral Round Table on HIV and AIDS
  • Pastoral support for HIV and AIDS patients and family members at Rosales Public Hospital
  • Birthday: August 24
  • Address: A.P. 05-66, Metro Centro, San Salvador, El Salvador


Rev Fran Schmidt

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  • Called by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) to serve the Peruvian Evangelical Lutheran Church (ILEP)
  • Providing training for ILEP in Lutheran liturgy and church music
  • Serving as part-time pastor of the San Juan-Camino de Esperanza congregation in Lima, Peru
Fran Schmidt
  • Birthday: November 8
  • Address: Avenida Villaran 234-A, Dpto 202, Mira Flores, Lima, Peru



Lori Endress

  • Serving in Chiang Mai, Thailand at Payap University, an institution founded by the Church of Christ in Thailand
  • Develops and teaches English programs at Payap's McGilvary College of Divinity for Master of Divinity students
  • Conversational English Instructor for Thai English majors in Payap's new Faculty of Arts, beginning November 2008

Lori Endress

  • Birthday: January 7
  • Address: McGilvary College of Divinity, Payap University, Chiang Mai 50000, Thailand


Short-term Missionaries

Amazon Mission Pastor (Peru)

Rev Yoli Zavaleta

  • Pastor of Fiel es Dios (God is Faithful) congregation in Iquitos and the rural faith community in El Triunfo
  • Birthday: July 4
  • Address: Urb. Juan Pablo II, Mo. 45 Dep. 103, San Juan Bautista, Iquitos, Peru


Patagonia Mission Pastors (Argentina)

Rev Sergio Utz

  • Pastor of Esperanza del Sur (Hope of the South) Congregation in Esquel and Cruz de Sur (Southern Cross) Congregation in Bariloche
  • Mission work with the Mapuche aborigines at Cushamen
  • Birthdays: Sergio May 10; Mailen (spouse) November 5; Micaela (daughter) December 17, 2003
  • Anniversary: February 9, 2008
  • Address: Emilio Frey 461, 8400-Bariloche, Provincia de Rio Negro, Argentina
Rev Sergio Utz



Rev Gustavo Gomez

  • Pastor of San Juan Bautista (St John the Baptist) Congregation in Comodoro Rivandavia
  • Mission outreach to Los Antiguos
  • Birthdays: Gustavo, December 23; Solange (spouse), November 12; Lourdes (daughter), September 25, 1999; Leandro (son), April 9, 1998
  • Anniversary: December 12, 1997
Rev Gustavo Gomez
  • Address: San Juan Bautista, Av. Kennedy 3136, 9000 Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina

Volunteers in Mission


Carol Martin

  • January - June 2009:

    Librarian at the Rain Forest International School in Yaounde.

  • July - December 2009:
  • Volunteer for the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cameroon
  • VIM Support Group based at St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, St. Jacob's, Ontario



  • Birthday: December 19
  • Address: SIL-Cameroon, B.P. 1299, Yaounde, Cameroon


Rev Jack and Valerie Frederick

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  • Jack: Pastor for Calvary Lutheran Church in Georgetown
  • Valerie: Assists with church programs
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church in Guyana
  • January - June 2009
  • VIM Support Group based in the Eastern Synod
  • Birthdays: Jack, March 13; Valerie, May 18
  • Anniversary: October 16, 1956





  • Adress: Calvary Lutheran Church, 28-29 North + Alexander, Georgetown, Guyana, South America


Christine Mattimoe

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  • Teacher of French at the Sahel Academy international mission school in Niamey
  • Accompanied by spouse Tim Mattimoe: manager of relief and development with Samaritan's Purse Canada



  • October 2008 - October 2009
  • VIM Support Group based at Resurrection Lutheran Church, Orleans ON
  • Birthdays: Christine, December 5; Tim, June 19
  • Anniversary: August 5, 2006
  • Address: B.P. 2499 Niamey, Niger, West Africa


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