St John Lutheran Church

Rev. Jacob William Gaugert

Serving the Lord in Togo



Rev. Jacob William Gaugert serves the Lord as a missionary through The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) in Togo. Jacob teaches courses in Lutheran theology at The Centre Luthérien d’Etudes Théologiques (CLET), or Lutheran Center for Theological Studies, in Dapaong, Togo, in West Africa. He also teaches distance learning and continuing education courses in Central Africa as needed. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he assists with coordinating visiting professors and supervising LCMS projects in the region.

Jacob was born in Sullivan, Wis., and was baptized and confirmed at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sullivan. He graduated from Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon, in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in theological and classical languages. He received his Master of Divinity from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind., in 2010. While in seminary, he spent a year as an exchange student at the Lutherische Theologische Hochschule (LThH), an LCMS partner seminary in Oberursel, Germany. Before becoming a missionary, Jacob served as a pastor at The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Dr. Martin Luther (LCMS SELC District) in Chicago, Ill., where he was involved with urban/cross-cultural mission work in the Latino community. In his free time, Jacob likes to read and work in his garden.


Pray for Jacob as he serves in Togo and Central Africa. Pray that God provides him with continued prayer and financial supporters in the United States. Pray that the Lord blesses CLET, its supporting congregations and other African partner churches. Pray that the burgeoning Lutheran churches in francophone Africa practice good stewardship in supporting the pastors and leaders of their church bodies with prayer and adequate salaries. Ask the Lord to raise up African theological leaders to serve as teachers of the Good News of Jesus Christ in the community. Let us give thanks to God for Jacob serving in this part of the world.