The Clausing Farm
The Clausing Farm

Jonathan Clausing was born in Belvidere, Illinois and grew up on his parents’ farm about 10 miles outside of town.  He has two sisters and one brother, and he and his family grew up as members of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Belvidere.  Jonathan attended Immanuel Lutheran grade school and Belvidere High School before heading off to college at Iowa State University, where he earned a B.S. in Agricultural Studies in 1997.

A Shields Family Wedding
A Shields Family Wedding

Anita (Shields) Clausing was born in Aurora, Illinois and grew up a few miles outside of the tiny town of Big Rock.  She, her parents, and her brother were all members of Cross Lutheran Church in Yorkville, Illinois.  Anita attended Cross Lutheran grade school and Hinckley – Big Rock High School.  She graduated from Concordia in Seward, Nebraska in 1997 with a degree in secondary education and a DCE certificate.

In the Mountains
In the Mountains

Jonathan and Anita met in the summer of 1995 at Camp LuWiSoMo in Wisconsin, where they both served as summer camp counselors, and they were married at Cross, Yorkville in 1997.  Both love the outdoors, and they later served as camp staff for many more summers (and one winter) at Lutheran Valley Retreat in Colorado between 1996 and 2002.

Our Wedding - August 16, 1997
Our Wedding – August 16, 1997
Jonathan's Last Class of Theology Students
Jonathan’s Last Class of Theology Students in the United States

In 2000 the couple moved to St. Louis, Missouri, where Jonathan studied at Concordia Seminary.  He served a year of vicarage at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Medford, Oregon, and completed his M.Div. in 2004.  Jonathan’s first call was to Lutheran High School in St. Peters, MO, where he served as Director of Campus Ministry for 11 years.  At LHS he taught Christian Doctrine, Church History, New Testament, and Apologetics; he coordinated the school’s chapel program and worship music; and he was available to students for spiritual counsel.

Music with LHS Students
Music with LHS Students

The Clausings have been blessed by God with nine wonderful children: Emil (born 10/29/99), Ellie (1/10/02), Ernie (7/16/04), Eunice (6/1/06), Ethan (5/8/08), Eric (12/16/09), Eileen (8/21/11), Elijah (7/3/13), and Emmanuel (3/6/15).  The Clausing house is always noisy, but it is a great place to learn to love and get along with other people!

The Clausing Boys Exploring Remote Places
The Clausing Boys Exploring Remote Places

The Clausing family loves music, and Jonathan and Anita have made several recordings available on iTunes (here and here).  The family also continues to love the outdoors, and vacations almost always include wilderness backpacking or mountain climbing.

The Whole Family at Mission Central
The Whole Family at Mission Central in Iowa