Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) is closely monitoring the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and preparing to carry out our daily operations in the event of any possible disruptions. These past days have seen unprecedented financial distress and growing concerns. While uncertainty abounds, LCEF exists precisely for such a time as this. We remain in a strong financial-capital position. LCEF has operated for over 40 years while having endured many events and obstacles. By God’s grace, we have remained faithful and strong.
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LCEF will be able to continue operations (including transactions) through any potential disruption or quarantine. The only delays we could possibly anticipate would be in monetary transactions based on constituents we work with, such as UMB Bank. In addition, our call center number will continue to be in operation if and when we have limited staff.
LCEF maintains important disaster recovery and business continuity plans that may be activated in the event of a significant business disruption. The organization’s plans are intended to permit the continuation of key business operations during most types of disruptions by resuming mission-critical operations, usually within the same business day as the disruption.
All departments have developed the capability to recover both operations and systems. Critical business groups operate from multiple sites. Dedicated teams within our technology department ensure that critical applications and data have sufficient redundancy and availability to minimize the impact of an event.
Key components of LCEF’s continuity and technology recovery plans include:
Questions can be directed to 800-843-5233 or your LCEF district vice president.
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As a consultant for Capital Funding Services (CFS), Randy enjoys assisting the Lord’s people in experiencing the joys of generosity. He is a firm believer in the Scriptural truth that “whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully” (2 Corinthians 9:6). He says, “Stewardship is simply reflecting the image of our generous God, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing.” His leadership has encouraged his congregation to provide generous support for ministries locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.
Randy has been a parish pastor for 35 years. For the past 28 years, he has been serving First Immanuel Lutheran Church, Cedarburg, Wisconsin. Leading a large congregation has enabled him to experience six capital campaigns, allowing him to provide great insights to pastors in capital campaigns and stewardship.
Randy has served Concordia University Wisconsin as an adjunct professor of theology for 26 years. In 2010, the university awarded him the honor of “Distinguished Alumnus.” He has also served 12 years on the South Wisconsin District Board of Directors, including six years as Board Chair and First Vice President of the district. He conducts seminars on generosity and provides encounters for parish pastors to discuss cultural issues and the church’s impact.
Randy resides in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, with his wife, Diana, who is the South Wisconsin District’s Lutheran Church Extension Fund’s District Vice President. They have two married daughters and three granddaughters. Randy’s mission statement is to serve God by serving others.