Rev. Prof. Kou Seying Obituary

Photo by Frank Kohn


“To be joyfully Lutheran is … to expose the Gospel in its purity to a world that desperately needs to hear this good news of Jesus Christ.”  –  Rev. Prof. Kou Seying

The LCMS has lost a great warrior for the church.  On Nov 23, 2019 the Rev. Prof. Kou Seying passed into glory at age 55 after an aggressive battle with cancer.


Fri 12/6/19   9am-9pm
Lutheran Church of the Resurrection
9907 Sappington Rd, St. Louis, MO 63128

Sat 12/7/19  8:30am-9:30am
Chapel of St. Timothy & St. Titus
Concordia Seminary
801 Seminary Place, St. Louis, MO 63105


Sat 12/7/19  9:30am
Chapel of St. Timothy & St. Titus
Concordia Seminary
801 Seminary Place, St. Louis, MO 63105
The service will be live streamed at

Members of the LCMS clergy are invited to process and vest in white stoles.


The Rev. Prof. Kou Seying was the first ordained Hmong pastor in the LCMS. Born to a Christian family in Laos, the Seying family had to flee their homeland because of the Vietnam War.  Eventually, the Seyings would settle in Indianapolis, IN where Rev. Prof. Seying attended Lutheran schools before receiving his MDiv in 1991 from Concordia Seminary, Fort Wayne.  Rev. Prof. Seying had also completed advanced studies in systematic theology and missiology.

During his 30 year ministry, Rev. Prof. Seying served as a parish pastor, mission developer, missionary-at-large, professor at Concordia University, St. Paul, and a practical theology professor at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis where he was also the associate dean for Urban and Cross-Cultural Ministry.  He was the editor-in-chief for several major theological projects in the Hmong language. He also held a commercial pilot license and a flight instructor certificate.

Rev. Prof. Seying is survived by his wife of 26 years, Maykou (nee Kue); and four children, Grace, Sarah, Seth, and Malachi.  Concordia Seminary, St. Louis is collecting contributions to go towards educational experiences for the Seying children. Checks payable to “Concordia Seminary” with the memo “Seying Memorial” can be mailed to the Seminary (801 Seminary Place, St. Louis, MO 63105.)

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