June 19, 2018 | Posted by Demian Farnworth
Alturo is in his mid-30s. He’s wearing an unbuttoned ultra-light yellow PVC rain suit over a thick canvas work jacket and pants. Outside, it’s dark and snowing heavily. Alturo shifts relentlessly in the church pew and likes to ask what it is like where you live, reaching out with his arm and hooking the air […]
June 15, 2018 | Posted by Demian Farnworth
Forty years ago today Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) began its long and honored privilege of supporting the Church. Throughout those years, we have created faith-filled partnerships with Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS) individuals, congregations and organizations, strengthening families, churches and communities. It was a modest start with a few employees crammed in a rented office […]
June 11, 2018 | Posted by Demian Farnworth
Fred E. Lietz served as the first full-time Synod church extension executive. He served at the national level for 22 years (1957-1979) and was instrumental in the growth of the Church Extension Fund (CEF) from an LCMS department to its incorporation in 1978 as a national entity—Lutheran Church Extension Fund. That’s why some people refer […]
June 8, 2018 | Posted by Demian Farnworth
Trinity Lutheran Church, Lisle, Ill., is in a unique position. Less than half a mile away on its east and west edges sit two schools: Benedictine University and North Central College. While Benedictine is Roman Catholic and North Central is Methodist neither school puts an emphasis on nurturing students’ spiritual lives. In fact, for some […]
June 4, 2018 | Posted by Demian Farnworth
LCEF turns 40 this year, and much has changed since its beginning in 1978. In a crammed downtown St. Louis office, LCEF consisted of simple investment notes, stacks of green and white-striped accordion computer reports, bag phones and large modems under mismatched desks. Typewriters crowded tables and chairs effortlessly tipped. No email, no FedEx and […]
June 1, 2018 | Posted by Demian Farnworth
Editor’s Note: To celebrate the announcement of the 2018 Kaleidoscope Fund grant recipients, we are sharing the 2017 recipient’s stories over the next two months. See all 2017 stories here as they are published. -LCEF Editorial Team Transition rarely happens without complication. The way Rev. Robert A. Schulze sees it, it’s also ripe with opportunity. Schulze, who graduated from […]
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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.