Moments with Missionaries – Pheng Moua and Chao Yang

Scheduled for June 15, 2024, at 4:00 p.m. CT

Missionary Pheng Moua was born in Laos in 1973. His family escaped to Thailand as refugees in 1979, and he came to the U.S. in 1986. Pastor Moua married Chao Yang in June 1998. She is a great helper in ministry. God gave her music and teaching talents. She earned her teaching degree at Concordia University in St. Paul, Minn. They have three children: Chuha, Cherchua, and Jamoon.

Upon his graduation from the Pastoral Studies Institute in 1999, he was called by the Minnesota district mission board to do exploratory work in the Twin Cities. He continued his theological training and received his Master of Systematic Theology from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary. He also earned his Doctor of Ministry Degree in congregation and family leadership in 2013 from Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, Minn.

Pastor Moua serves at Immanuel Hmong Lutheran Church in St. Paul, Minn. The Twin Cities has the largest Hmong population of cities across the U.S. One of their main goals is to grow a strong WELS Hmong congregation and to raise funds to have a future church home. Pastor Moua also serves as a visiting pastor for WELS Hmong mission work in Asia as a theological instructor, advisor, and congregational life supporter.