Yohannes Mengsteab, born and raised in Eritrea, East Africa, came to the United States of America as a refugee in 1983 because of the Ethio-Eritrean conflict that began in 1961. He was drafted into the Eritrean Liberation Front before he left his country of origin and loved ones to begin his life in exile. However, he had a vision for a better life for himself and his extended family. He attended Concordia College Bronxville, NY and graduated with a BA in Judeo Christian Heritage and Math. He then went to Concordia Seminary St. Louis to become a pastor of The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS). He served as a parish pastor, urban missionary, national director of church planting for The LCMS, director of ministry programs for The Lutheran Foundation, and now one of the mission executives for The Texas district of the LCMS. He also started a distance education that leads to ordination, The Ethnic Immigrant Institute of Theology, to prepare refugee and immigrant leaders for ministry in The LCMS.
He believes in integrating in the cultural and economic fabric of the society and a lifelong education, which is evident in his getting a PhD from Concordia Theological Seminary in Missiology with Cross Cultural Communication emphases and an MBA in Finance from Ball State University. His mission in life is to impact as many people as he can and make a positive contribution to his country, the United States of America, and the world.