_Baptisms-STD1Our Mission

Next door or across town, Christian Friends of New Americans links you with opportunities to connect with immigrants and refugees living in the St. Louis region. CFNA partners with local Lutheran congregations, schools, and individuals, NGOs and various grant-giving foundations to offer a range of programs and services for New Americans. We welcome you to learn more about CFNA and hope to see you get involved.


Christian Friends of New Americans is a 501(c)(3) entity, operating as a Recognized Service Organization of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.


Rev. Dr. Allan Buckman, Chairperson
Concordia, Kirkwood

Rev. Dr. John Loum, Vice Chairperson
Timothy, St. Louis

Charlie Caciano, Treasurer
Concordia, Kirkwood

Rev. Michael Okine , Secretary
Messiah, St. Louis

Mrs. Carol Buckman, Advisor – Education Ministries
Concordia, Kirkwood

Rev. Dr. Ronald Rall, Advisor
Urban Ministry
Timothy, St. Louis

Dr. Stuart Brassie, Advisor
Assistant to the President – Missions and Congregational Services, Missouri District of the LCMS

Dr. Judith Meyer, Advisor – Scholarship Assistance Ministry
Concordia, Kirkwood


We see partnership as critical to our mission. We partner with churches, organizations and individuals throughout the St. Louis region who are dedicated to a cross-cultural ministry.

We connect in congregations with outreach-minded small groups and members, and use these connections to build relationships for servant events. Our intentional focus on linking CFNA with cross-cultural church workers is important to our ongoing work with immigrants and refugees.

If you or your congregation or association would like to learn more about partnering with CFNA, please email us for more information.


Financials At a Glance (PDF)