Edmund Kalau

Edmund J. Kalau
Kalau Edmund 2008-07-09.jpg
Edmund Kalau in 2008
Born(1928-07-09)9 July 1928
Died8 January 2014(2014-01-08) (aged 85)
EducationPhiladelphia University, Peterborough Flying School, Nyack Missionary College
Occupation(s)Aviator, missionary, pastor
Years active1954–2004
SpouseElisabeth Grünewald

Edmund J. Kalau (9 July 1928 – 8 January 2014) was a German aviator, missionary, and pastor. He was a member of the Hitler Youth during his childhood prior to his conversion to Christianity. As an adult, Kalau served as a missionary in Micronesia with his wife, Elizabeth. They founded the Pacific Missionary Aviation (PMA) to facilitate air travel throughout Micronesia.


Early life and World War II

Kalau was born on 9 July 1928 in East Prussia.[1] At the age of 10 he joined the Hitler Youth,[2] and went on to attend Hitler Youth Leadership High School and the Hitler Youth Flying Corps.[3] After World War II, he encountered a Russian doctor who converted him from atheism to Christianity.[1][4]

During his life, Kalau studied anthropology at the Philadelphia University, and earned a U.S. pilot's license and mechanics license at Peterborough Flying School.[3]

Missionary work

In 1950 Kalau entered the Theological Seminary of Liebenzell Mission to begin a four-year training to become a missionary.[3] He married Elisabeth Grünewald on 15 October 1954.[1] He was ordained in 1954 and trained in Schooley's Mountain, New Jersey and at the Nyack Missionary College.[5]: 304 

Kalau and his wife arrived in Palau in January 1956.[5]: 304  Kalau established a Lutheran Servicemen's Center in Anigua, Guam in the late 1950s, which eventually developed into the Lutheran Church of Guam.[6] After three years on Palau, they joined Johannes Aigesiil and his wife to serve on Yap.[5]: 304–5  As part of an effort to fight alcoholism on Yap, Kalau helped construct a youth center.[7]

Pacific Missionary Aviation

Logo of Pacific Missionary Aviation

A part of the Kalaus' missionary work in Micronesia involved ferrying sick people to district hospitals on the mainland. They established the Pacific Missionary Aviation (PMA) in 1974 to provide faster transport to the people of Micronesia.[8] This strained the Kalaus' relation with the Liebenzell Mission and they eventually severed ties.[5]: 306 

The PMA started with a twin-engine plane.[5]: 438  It was incorporated in Guam on 24 April 1974 and began aviation services the next year.[1] It expanded to the Philippines in 1982 under the name Flying Medical Samaritans (FMS) to avoid confusion with the Philippine Military Academy.[8] By 1992, the PMA had eight aircraft and two medical vessels.[5]: 438  Edmund acted as president until 1999 when he gave the position to his son Norbert.[3]

The PMA is nonprofit and nondenominational service agency. It is considered part of the Restoration Movement. The PMA provides services such as emergency medical evacuations, search and rescue operations, medicine and food drops, church support, and passenger and cargo support.[9]

Kalau and his wife retired in August 2004. He served as a pastor for the PMA's mission church in Guam, the Pacific Mission Fellowship.[1] He died on 8 January 2014 in Tamuning, Guam. He was survived by his wife, their three children, and their grandchildren.[3][10]

Further reading

  • Kinchen, Mary Alice Moore (2006). In the Shadow of His Wings: Pacific Missionary Aviation in Micronesia, 1974 to 2005. Mangilao, Guam: University of Guam. OCLC 317840637.


  1. ^ a b c d e "Edmund J. Kalau: Movie Collection". RFK and MARC Digital Repository. Retrieved 17 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Edmund & Elisabeth Kalau". Pacific Mission Aviation. 2016. Retrieved 10 October 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Reverend Edmund J. Kalau". Marianas Business Journal. 26 January 2014. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  4. ^ "Celebrating the life of Reverend Edmund J. Kalau". Legacy.com.
  5. ^ a b c d e f Garrett, John (1997). Where Nets Were Cast: Christianity in Oceania since World War II. Suva, Fiji: Institute of Pacific Studies, University of the South Pacific. pp. 303–306, 438–440. ISBN 982-02-0121-7.
  6. ^ "Guam: Country Summary". LCMS.org. The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  7. ^ Fanning, Win. "Modern Missionary Subject of Special". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 10 September 2016 – via Google News Archive.
  8. ^ a b Estabillo, Matthew T. (7 December 2003). "Man on a Mission". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  9. ^ Ernst, M. (2002). Burgess, Stanley M.; Van der Maas, Eduard M. (eds.). The New International Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan Publishing House. pp. 178–9. ISBN 9780310224815.
  10. ^ "Norbert & Sylvia Kalau". Pacific Mission Aviation. Retrieved 4 September 2016.

External links

  • Pacific Mission Aviation official website
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