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 […]
January 8, 2018 | Posted by LCEF
Prior to the turn of the century, New Life Church Lutheran in Hugo, Minn., was hurting. A decade of hard times had worn out the church, the congregation and the community. In 2003, the Minnesota South District installed retired pastor Rev. John Schildwachter to help rebuild the church. Schildwachter, who volunteered to forgo his salary, […]
January 3, 2018 | Posted by Demian Farnworth
Photo: The front of 2850 Magnolia during renovations in 2017. Sunday mornings at Messiah Lutheran in the Tower Grove neighborhood of South City, St. Louis, bring a special blend of different people. No surprise since Tower Grove is a racially-diverse, mixed-income neighborhood of St. Louis. On any given day, you’ll find middle-class families hanging out at […]
December 5, 2017 | Posted by Demian Farnworth
Back in 2008, Rev. Kenneth (Ken) and Rachel Bomberger were not the kind of mortgage prospects a loan officer would find impressive. Ken had just graduated from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Ind., and was headed to Walker, Mich., to accept the call to pastor Mount Olive Lutheran Church. He had several student loans […]
November 29, 2017 | Posted by Demian Farnworth
Measured by behavior alone, Lori Trinche acts like a life-long Lutheran. She taught Sunday school at Trinity Lutheran Church in Burr Ridge, Ill. She’s a student at Concordia University Chicago, River Forest, Ill., studying for the deaconess certification through their online program. She works for the LCMS Northern Illinois District as an office assistant and […]
October 31, 2017 | Posted by Demian Farnworth
That we live in a consumer culture is an understatement. We have all the choices in the world. We are mobile and aware of what is going on—not just in the town down the highway—but in Houston, Lisbon, Caracas or Hanoi anytime of the day. It doesn’t matter if we live in Portland or Druid […]
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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.