March 14, 2018 | Posted by Demian Farnworth
The first six years of her life were tragic. Abandoned by her mother, kicked out of her uncle’s home and deserted by her father, Megan Popp and her grandmother wandered the streets of South Korea, dependent upon the kindness of strangers to feed them and outdoor shelters to protect them. Until that is, her grandmother […]
March 8, 2018 | Posted by LCEF
When a woman from a much different church background told Johanna Ellison she had been searching for a new spiritual home, Ellison understood why her search ended at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lexington, Ky. Although they live in an area where larger, more modern and informal churches are popular, this woman who is now […]
March 7, 2018 | Posted by Demian Farnworth
For as long as he could remember, Rev. Paul Lauer had a strong indication they should plant a church in St. Peter, Minn. Our Savior Lutheran Church, Mankato, where Lauer is senior pastor, was involved in the launch of several local ministries. Mankato and the surrounding community enjoyed the benefits, boasting over 6,000 Lutheran Church-Missouri […]
February 21, 2018 | Posted by LCEF
Rev. Dennis Bartels has been a faithful servant of the Church for 31 years. The majority of that time has been devoted to Holy Cross Lutheran Church and School in North Miami. Before he arrived at the city, people told Bartels he was going down there to close the ministry. Bartels, an Iowa farm boy […]
February 12, 2018 | Posted by LCEF
Over 30 years ago, Ed and Sheryl DeWitt attended a Lutherans For Life rally where they learned about the true atrocity of abortion. Devastated, they walked away wondering: “Wouldn’t it be great to provide a home for single, pregnant women who don’t have any options?” Fast forward to 2009 when their daughter returned home from […]
February 1, 2018 | Posted by Demian Farnworth
Calling all high school seniors! It’s that time of year again. We are now accepting essays and applications for the 2018 Take Heart Scholarship! To apply, you must be a high school graduating senior and a Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) investor. In addition, you must be accepted by or intend to be enrolled in a vocational […]
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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.