July 25, 2017 | Posted by Joe Russo
It’s been some 15 years since Bob and Carolyn Femovich visited churches where Carolyn’s parents served with LCEF’s Laborers For Christ. But Bob never forgot the dedication and camaraderie of Christians working together to strengthen ministry. “We saw firsthand what Laborers meant to congregations, not only financially but spiritually and to the life of the […]
June 6, 2017 | Posted by Joe Russo
Tucked away in the rolling hills of Central Missouri sits a quaint Lutheran camp known as Trinity. The camp was established in 1973, and what started off as a “few acres to camp with the kids” is now 235 acres. Camp Trinity sports a community center (pictured above); a family cabin that sleeps 12; Maier […]
April 27, 2017 | Posted by Joe Russo
“Thank you for helping us build a new campus!! I will get to learn more about God!!” Karen Jensen understands why her daughter, Tabitha, used double exclamation points when the fourth-grader made a thank-you note for the Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF). Gratitude and enthusiasm beats strong as North Valley Christian Academy (NVCA) prepares to move […]
March 16, 2017 | Posted by Joe Russo
When Our Savior Lutheran Church decided to take a “big, big step” and build a preschool and child care center, the Tulsa, Oklahoma, congregation questioned participating in LCEF’s Laborers For Christ. “We had never used Laborers, so this was a new process for us to walk through,” said the Rev. Timothy Dreier, Our Savior’s pastor. […]
February 14, 2017 | Posted by Joe Russo
When a longtime and much loved Lutheran outdoor ministry in Iowa decided to tackle a major update, participating in Lutheran Church Extension Fund’s Laborers For Christ “was not a question but a definite decision,” said Doug Kading, Camp Okoboji executive director. Their role in the new state-of-the-art activity center marks the fourth time for Laborers […]
October 25, 2016 | Posted by Joe Russo
Although LCEF’s Laborers For Christ is best known for projects like building and remodeling churches and schools, Bob Natzke talks about his two decades with the ministry in terms of people. One such person is Larry, a Bethesda Lutheran Communities resident in Caledonia, Michigan. Natzke met Larry this year when Laborers worked for the LCMS […]
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.