Chris and Janine Pluger met in high school, were married in 1996, and have one son, Sean, who was born in 2002. They are missionaries with Lutheran Bible Translators, living in Zambia. They are working to help the Nsenga people translate the Bible into the language of their hearts.
Chris graduated from Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN, with a BA in Liberal Arts from the Studies in Pastoral Ministry program. He spent some time studying at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, and also worked for a year in a multi-lingual religious publication program in El Paso, TX. Chris spent ten years as a high school Spanish, Latin, and Religion teacher, including six years at Wisconsin Lutheran High School. During that time, he was able to take ten groups of students to various countries in Latin America for mission work and language study.
Janine graduated from Otterbein College in Westerville, OH, with a BS in Elementary Education. After completing the WELS certification program at MLC, she taught for four years at schools in Texas and Wisconsin, including a year of Speech at Wisconsin Lutheran High School. She also was the Stage Manager for several Wisco dramas. Janine has studied Sign Language Interpreting and worked in the WELS Kingdom Workers Mission Information Center. When Sean started pre-school, Janine also went back to school, earning a degree and becoming nationally certified in Surgical Technology. She worked for a year in Surgery at Kettering Medical Center near Dayton.
Chris and Janine now live in Zambia with their son Sean. They serve as Translation Advisors to the Nsenga Bible Translation Project. Their job is to coordinate the mother-tongue translators and provide support to them in their work, especially with original language exegesis of the Biblical text.
Sustaining sufficient monthly financial support is critical, so that the Plugers can remain in Zambia as long as they are needed with the Nsenga project. For more information about supporting their work, please see the “Partner with us” page.
The Plugers are excited to be a part of the important work of Bible Translation, and they rejoice and trust in their Savior, Jesus Christ.