September 9, 2016 | Posted by LCEF
Despite adding on three times in the last 26 years, Divine Shepherd Lutheran Church in Black Hawk, South Dakota, faced a familiar problem.
August 18, 2016 | Posted by LCEF
East St. Louis, Illinois, is a community with a shrinking economic base where more than 33% of households are below the poverty level. A grant from Lutheran Housing Support (LHS) will enable Unity Lutheran Church there, and its partner—the Lansdowne Community Initiative—to assist at least eight homeowners with critical home repairs. A Laborers For Christ […]
August 12, 2016 | Posted by LCEF
Zion Lutheran Church, in Gordonville, Missouri, will soon have an office where people can talk conveniently and privately with their pastor and an accessible restroom that doesn’t require scaling a flight of stairs. These improvements “have been needed for a long time,” but “they’re also probably pushing the congregation to the limit,” says the Rev. […]
July 12, 2016 | Posted by LCEF
Jim Bouvin and Marvin Duensing may be retired from LCEF’s Laborers For Christ on paper, but both men continue to actively support the ministry–including in their own congregations. Laborers are working with members at St. John Lutheran Church, building a new worship facility in Lexington, Kentucky, where Bouvin and his wife, Carol are members. “I […]
April 20, 2016 | Posted by LCEF
When Jerry Kolke told his wife that he joined LCEF’s Laborers For Christ after years of brushing shoulders with the “building for eternity” ministry, Karen didn’t beat around the bush. “What took you so long?” she asked. After reading about the new Laborers For Christ partnership with Bethesda Lutheran Communities, Jerry, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, […]
March 25, 2016 | Posted by LCEF
Pair Follows Uncle’s Encouragement to Serve “Just try it once and see.” That’s what Jim Gerike’s uncle often told Jim and his wife, Gail, about participating in LCEF’s Laborers For Christ. “He spoke so highly of Laborers and was so encouraged by it. He knew that once we started working with fellow Christians like this, […]
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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.