The Rev. Jordan M. Long, president of the Lutheran Church of South Sudan, will be preaching at Annapolis Evangelical Lutheran Church on Reformation Sunday, October 25, 2015, from 9:00 – 10:30. The congregation worships at the Annapolis Area Christian School, Middle School Campus, at 716 Bestgate Road, Annapolis, Maryland 21401.
Rev. Long will also be leading a discussion entitled “Proclaiming Gospel Hope to a Broken World” at the education hour (10:30 – 11:30.) He will discuss the challenges the church faces in Africa’s youngest country, which gained independence July 9, 2011, but has recently been troubled with political violence. Please join us! Everyone in Annapolis is encourage and invited to attend.
Born and raised in South Sudan, Pastor Long became a refugee and later immigrated to the United States in 1995 when South Sudan went to war against Sudan. Pastor Long earned a bachelor of science degree in faith-based management at Empire State College in Saratoga Springs, New York; a certificate in theology at Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia; and a master of arts in missional Christianity at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary.
Ordained to the ministry of Word and Sacrament on Reformation Sunday (October 30, 2005), he served specialized ministry to African immigrants in Rochester, New York until he returned to his native country in October 2010, and joined the Lutheran Church of South Sudan. At its General Assembly, Pastor Long was elected and consecrated president of the Lutheran Church of South Sudan in November 2011. He is known for his spiritual leadership and gifted preaching, and has dedicated his life to serve South Sudan’s “Church without Walls,” so named for its outdoor worship gatherings.
As president, Pastor Long provides pastoral care and spiritual support to congregations and church leaders, plants and builds new congregations, and establishing Trinity Lutheran Seminary to prepare and equip faithful and confessional leaders. He travels regionally and internationally to build relationships and partnerships with other Lutheran bodies. He is married and the father of five children.
After a deadly and brutal civil war that claimed 2.5 million lives, South Sudan gained independence; the Lutheran Church of South Sudan is as young as the nation itself. On December 15, 2013, the country descended into another civil war that has claimed tens of thousands of lives and forced millions to take refuge in neighboring countries.