Deaconess Grace Rao, director of LCMS Deaconess Ministry, and Deaconess Tiffany Manor, staff with Lutheran Church Charities, talk about what a deaconesses is and what she does. The deaconesses also share about their recent trip to Liberia, Africa, providing training and teaching about opportunities for women to serve in the church as deaconesses. [Pictured above, Deaconess Rao leading training in South Africa last May.]
- Click here to listen to Deaconess Grace Rao’s interview on KFUO Radio’s “His Time” program.
LCMS deaconesses are women who are full-time professional church-workers, trained to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ through a ministry of works of mercy, spiritual care and teaching the Christian faith. “Deaconess,” from the Greek word diakonos, means “servant.” Phoebe, named in Rom. 16:1-2, was a helper to Paul and others. She often is considered the first deaconess.
For more information, please contact:
Deaconess Grace Rao, Deaconess Ministries
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
800-248-1930, ext.1387 or 888-THE LCMS