Rev. Bart Day Installed as LCEF President and CEO

October 20, 2017 | Posted by Demian Farnworth

On Friday, October 20, at The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS) International Center (IC) chapel in Kirkwood, Mo., Rev. Dr. Lee Hagan, LCMS Missouri District president, installed Rev. Bart Day as the new president and CEO of Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF).

Day accepted the position in July and officially began on September 1.

During the Divine Service, LCMS President Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, acting as lector, read from Matthew 25:14-30, the familiar Parable of the Talents. Rev. Dr. Brian Friedrich, president of Concordia University, Nebraska (Day’s alma mater), presented the sermon.

“God is an abundant giver–it is His and He gives to leverage and multiply ministry,” Friedrich said. God’s generosity and financial blessing “is meant to bless His Church and His people.”

Speaking about Day, he said, “the LCMS rejoices and celebrates your installation.” He was confident that Day would strive to answer the question, “How do we multiply money for the sake of ministry?”

Harrison, referring to Day’s six years as executive director of the LCMS Office of National Mission, a position he held before joining LCEF, said he could not think of anyone who understood the challenges that faced the Church better than Day.

“His time with [National Mission] allowed him to build relationships throughout the districts and across all of our ministries.” He explained the key reason behind this intimacy was that Day, at Harrison’s behest, was behind all of the recent demographic studies that allowed leaders to get a snapshot of the state of the Synod.

Those in attendance at the Service of Installation included the LCEF Board of Directors, two past LCEF presidents, members of the leadership team, former employees and several current employees.

Merle Freitag, president and CEO of LCEF from 1998 to 2010, said Day’s installation was a good thing because “LCEF is poised to do some great things in the future” and the organization needs a leader like Day.

Also in attendance was Karen Drier, who has worked at LCEF for the past 44 years, the longest of any employee.

“Perhaps the most profound statement was when LCMS President Harrison remarked how Bart liked everyone,” Drier said. “As each day passes, with each interaction with Bart, that is becoming more and more noticeable.”

A reception in the IC Commons followed the Divine Service. Day, who was joined by his wife Julie and four of his six children, greeted people as they entered the Commons. Day said he was still in awe of the opportunity to serve such a wonderful organization and was ready to begin meetings with the Board this coming weekend.

“After that, I’ll get to breathe a little and enjoy the moment,” he said with a good-natured smile.

Join us in welcoming Bart Day to the LCEF family as we celebrate God’s faithfulness and blessing in our mission to support those who are making an eternal difference in their communities, this country and beyond.


Demian Farnworth
Senior Content Writer for the Lutheran Church Extension Fund.