Crest of Christ Award

The Crest of Christ Award honors individuals who humbly share and demonstrate the love and grace of Jesus Christ in all aspects of their lives. Through tireless leadership and faithful service to ministries in Latin America, Canada, and the United States, Rev. Dr. Jorge and Deaconess Olga Preisz Groh have demonstrated their faith in Jesus Christ and their commitment to taking the Gospel into the world.

As humble and inspiring leaders, the Grohs have spent a lifetime working and serving internationally by providing support and aid to those in dire need. From earthquake relief in Peru, Chile and Haiti, to church planting, proclaiming the Gospel and sharing Christ’s message to audiences all over the world, they have demonstrated their faith and commitment to evangelical missionary work.

In recognizing Rev. Dr. Jorge and Deaconess Olga Preisz Groh with the Crest of Christ Award, Concordia University, Nebraska commends those who share the Gospel of Christ with the world in a quiet, humble, servant-like manner. We are honored to confer upon Jorge and Olga Groh the Crest of Christ Award.

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Rev. Dr. Jorge and Deaconess Olga Groh

Kanata, Ontario, Canada

Rev. Dr. Jorge Groh received the Bachelor of Arts and Master of Divinity degrees from Concordia Theological Seminary, Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1973 and 1977 respectively. He received the Doctor of Ministry from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana, in 1989 and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Dominican University College, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Jorge’s ministry in Argentina began in La Pampa where he was pastor at Santa Trinidad Lutheran Church providing pastoral care in a rural setting. This was his first opportunity to train and mentor servants of the Lord. He later served at Concordia Theological Seminary in Buenos Aires as professor and finally as president. As president, he was responsible for expanding the seminary both in Argentina and the region. He was instrumental in beginning the accreditation process for the seminary and established agreements to support churches as they trained their pastoral leaders.

In 2000, he accepted a call as associate pastor at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Ottawa, Canada, where he was responsible for the Hispanic mission program. Through this responsibility, he developed a multicultural ministry among refugees and immigrants from seven countries in Central and South America.

In 2004, Jorge became regional director of the LCMS World Mission Regional Program in Latin America and the Caribbean. He was responsible for leadership of world mission personnel located in six countries and for cultivating relationships with partner churches in 14 countries in the region.

In 2011, he moved to Kansas City, Missouri, where he served as executive director of Lutheran Urban Mission Agency and where he assisted congregations in Church planting, assisted in ethnic ministries and promoted mission education. He currently serves as pastor for Christ Risen Lutheran Church in Kanata, Ontario, Canada.

Deaconess Olga Preisz Groh received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a Counseling and Psychology Advanced Diploma from the Argentine Center for Humanistic Psychology in 1996 and a Master of Arts in Religion and received her Deaconess Diploma from Concordia University Chicago, in 2012.

A lifetime spent in service to God and others, she served as an elementary and high school teacher at the Concordia Institute High School in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and professor of psychology at the Concordia Theological Seminary as well as a clinical counselor in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

In 2006, Olga became coordinator of diaconal training projects as well as project manager director for Latin America and the Caribbean. In this role, she was responsible for the oversight of all LCMS diaconal projects in the region as well as building partnerships, deaconess training programs and the design and coordination of the first Latin American and Caribbean Lutheran Deaconess Gathering. Since 2012, she served as care ministry director and Deaconess at Lutheran Urban Mission Agency in Kansas City, Missouri.

She served as president of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Argentina and served as a board member for Lutherans in Medical Missions.

The Grohs currently live and serve in Kanata, Ontario, Canada. They have three grown children Jesica Anabella Groh, Pamela Evangelina Groh-Balinova and Analis Ambay Groh.