Far from the Midwestern cornfields where he once served, Randy Weinkauf baptizes people on the beach with water from the Philippine Sea, ministers to countless Navy and Air Force personnel and cuts his own palm leaves for Palm Sunday services.
Weinkauf serves the Lutheran Church of Guam, on a remote island in the western Pacific Ocean. One of only three overseas independent Lutheran congregations sanctioned by both the ELCA and the Lutheran Church
Missouri Synod, the Lutheran Church of Guam serves a largely transient population. "Of the 93 families that belong to our church, 20 of them are military households that are on the move every few years," says Weinkauf, an LCMS pastor.
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