Rev. Laokouxang (Kou) Seying

Rev. Kou Seying

  • Associate Professor of Practical Theology, Practical Theology
  • Associate Dean of Urban and Cross Cultural Ministry, Ministerial Formation
  • Lutheran Foundation Professor of Urban and Cross-Cultural Ministry, Ministerial Formation

Rev. Laokouxang (Kou) Seying is the Lutheran Foundation Professor of Urban and Cross-Cultural Ministry and associate dean for Urban and Cross-Cultural Ministry and associate professor of Practical Theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.

A faculty member since 2015, Seying is the first ordained Hmong pastor in The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS). He previously served the LCMS California-Nevada-Hawaii District (CNH) starting in 2004 as a deployed mission developer/strategist of Joy of Harvest Ministries through St. Paul Lutheran Church in Merced, Calif., and Greenhaven Lutheran Church in Sacramento, Calif. Besides serving in the LCMS CNH District for more than a decade, he served as pastor of Hmong Lutheran Church in St. Paul, Minn. (1991–95). He also taught religion and theology at Concordia University in St. Paul, Minn. (1992–2004), and was the missionary-at-large for the LCMS Minnesota South District (1995–98).

His interests and areas of expertise include missiology, systematic theology and pastoral training for immigrant and nontraditional students.

He holds a Master of Divinity from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Ind. (1991), and a bachelor’s degree from Concordia University Wisconsin in Mequon (1987).

He also has studied systematic theology at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn. (1995–98). He is a doctoral candidate in missiology at Concordia Theological Seminary.

Seying was involved in early discussions within the LCMS that led to pastoral training programs for immigrant and nontraditional students. He serves on several Seminary committees including as chair of Multiethnic Symposium Committee and Cross-Cultural Certificate Program Development Committee.

In addition to writing devotional materials, mission articles and frequently giving presentations on missiology, he is the editor-in-chief for various major theological works in the Hmong language. His most recent published works include “HMong Mission in LCMS” and “HMong Spiritism” in Missio Apostolica (now Lutheran Mission Matters) and “Diversity and Unity in a Multicultural Church: God’s Dream for the Twenty-First Century” in Concordia Journal.

He and his wife, Maykou, have four children; Grace, Sarah, Seth and Malachi. Seying loves traveling to teaching and speaking engagements with his family members and their two dogs. He also enjoys playing soccer with his children and coaching the Seminary’s soccer team. He also holds a commercial pilot license with an instructor certificate.


Systematic theology
Pastoral training for immigrant and nontraditional students


MDIV Concordia Theological Seminary Fort Wayne, IN Pastoral Studies
BA Concordia University Wisconsin Mequon, WI Pre-Seminary Studies
AA St. John's College Winfield, KS Liberal Arts Studies