Papua New Guinea

  •  Country Summary
  • The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod began work in Papua New Guinea in 1948 at the invitation of a Wauni tribal leader in Yaramanda, Enga Province. In 1971, the Gutnius (Good News) Lutheran Church (GLC) of Papua New Guinea became an LCMS sister/partner church. It also is a member of the International Lutheran Council. During 50-plus years of blessing by the Holy Spirit, the church has grown to a baptized membership of more than 54,500 in approximately 550 congregations. The GLC reports a national staff of 257 pastors, 532 evangelists and 1,040 teachers. The GLC operates Timothy Seminary in Birip (Pidgin language) and Martin Luther Seminary in Lae (English language); Immanuel Lutheran Hospital; four health centers; numerous preschools, kindergartens, primary and secondary schools; and Balob Teachers College.

    With support from the LCMS, the GLC administers its own programs and trains its own pastors and leaders. Current efforts by the LCMS include supporting the theological education program of the GLC by providing instructors and resources to assist the GLC in training pastors and teachers. The GLC also works in cooperation with another Lutheran church body in PNG, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Papua New Guinea, to operate Martin Luther Seminary and Balob Teacher's College.

    The LCMS has offered support for mercy projects in Papua New Guinea related to agriculture training; rural health services; Lutheran schools; dam improvements; technical maintenance training; water supply; medical services and supplies; radio services; missionary transportation; flood, frost and drought relief; and HIV/AIDS testing and counseling. Additionally, through a partnership between the LCMS and Pogera Joint Venure, a medical, educational and spiritual center was developed in the Wanakipa area, an underdeveloped region.

    Current plans are to assist the Gutnius Lutheran Church in church-planting efforts in outlying areas as well as intervening in the “witch-killing” that is taking place throughout the church’s geographical area.


  •  Partner Churches
  • A partner church is a church body with whom the LCMS has full altar and pulpit fellowship. Many LCMS partner churches are also members of the International Lutheran council, a worldwide association of confessional Lutheran church bodies. Some LCMS partner churches came into existence through LCMS-supported mission efforts while others have historic roots that pre-date the LCMS or that are sourced in the mission efforts of other Lutheran church bodies.

  •  Contact Information
  • Field Office Address:
    PO 803
    Mt. Hagen, Western Highlands


    Highland Lutheran International School
    PO Box 363
    Wabag, Enga Province


    Partner Church:
    Gutnius Lutheran Church

    Concordia Hau, Irelya
    PO Box 100
    Wabag 291, Enga Province

    Phone: +675-547-1002
    Fax: +675-547-1192
    President: The Rev. Nicodemus Aiyene

    Timothy Lutheran Seminary
    PO Box 381
    Wabag Enga Province

    Martin Luther Seminary
    PO Box 80


From Ghosts to God in Enga Land — by Otto C. Hintze

From Ghosts to God in Enga Land features the true story of a man, a mission and an island that had never known Christ — until Otto Hintze and his family arrived to change their lives forever.

The book is available for purchase online.

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Hintze dies at 92

The Rev. Dr. Otto C. Hintze Jr. — a former LCMS missionary, seminary professor and mission executive — died March 20, 2016, at his home in St. Louis. He was 92.

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