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Pastor Nguyen's Story

Pastor Daniel X. Nguyen was installed as associate pastor at Immanuel First Lutheran Church, West Covina, on Sunday, 25 June 2017. Pastor Nguyen has been called to oversee the Vietnamese Immanuel Lutheran Church (Hội Thánh Tin-Lành Immanuel Lutheran) and to minister to the Asian community of the San Gabriel Valley. Pastor Nguyen and his wife, Duyen, have a four year old son Samuel.

Pastor Nguyen was considered a "second-wave" of Vietnamese immigrant who left the Communist regime after the Fall of Saigon (30 April 1975) in September 1978. He and his parents and two siblings stayed on Bulau Bidong Island in Malaysia for thirteen months before immigrating to Columbus, Ohio, in November 1979. He and his family were sponsored by the Red Cross; and a congregation of the Lutheran Church of the Missouri Synod, Atonement Lutheran Church (Columbus, OH), continued to help his family settling down with finding jobs for his parents, and schools for him and his two siblings.

In Columbus, Ohio, Pastor Nguyen completed his junior and senior high school, and then enrolled at the Ohio State University majoring in Chemical Engineering. He graduated with a bachelor of science in Chemical Engineering (1991) and worked for ten years as a process engineer and consultant engineer before going into full-time mission and ministry.

While he was working as an engineer, Pastor Nguyen had many opportunities to travel to different countries, and worked with people of different nationalities, backgrounds, and cultures. After over six years of sensing God's call to mission and ministry, nudging and encouraging by pastors and elders, he finally took a "blind-faith" to switch his career. He completed a Master in Theology at Trinity Lutheran Seminary (Columbus, OH), and a Master of Sacred Theology (Columbus, OH) concentrating in Pauline studies, majored in hermeneutics and minored in homiletics. In addition, Pastor Nguyen completed his Master of Divinity at Concordia Seminary (St. Louis, MO).

People have asked him what is his "signature" and his hobbies. He says his "signature" is "teaching." He is considering enrolling in a Ph.D. program in either the New Testament or missiology. With regard to his hobbies… He would never say "No" to eating and drinking in fellowship with people. His favorites are: German sausage, German beer, Indian curry, Japanese ramen or Korean udon, or Vietnamese Bún Bò Huế.

We thank God that He has called Pastor Nguyen to Immanuel First and pray that He uses him strongly to minister to the Asian community, sharing the wonder news of Jesus Christ.