August 17, 2018 | Posted by Demian Farnworth
Located on the southern shore of Lake Erie, Cleveland, Ohio, possesses one of the top five best symphony orchestras in the world; is home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; houses one of the greatest collections of Asian art outside of Asia at the Cleveland Museum of Art; and claims the single largest theater […]
August 15, 2018 | Posted by Paige Cissell
There are so many differences in this world, and our lives are changing constantly. Some people are faced with hardships and challenges, while others are experiencing successes and smooth-sailing. At some point, we all have gotten lost in the mix of our everyday lives. There is at least one common thread, though: no one person […]
August 10, 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 […]
August 8, 2018 | Posted by Demian Farnworth
Even before the May 1, 2017 groundbreaking, Lord of Life Lutheran Church had a waiting list for the congregation’s new Early Childhood Center in Elkhorn, Nebraska. Lord of Life could see families building homes and elementary schools under construction. But they were unsure how best to connect with these new people and share the Gospel. Through […]
August 1, 2018 | Posted by Demian Farnworth
You might be surprised to discover that before the Great Depression only four in ten people owned their home. The rest rented–for good reason. Most mortgages during this time limited loans to 50% of the home’s value. In addition, these loans ranged from three to five years in length, then ended with a balloon payment (which […]
July 25, 2018 | Posted by Paige Cissell
When European immigrants came to America searching for religious freedom, they needed to find spaces where they could practice and teach their faith. They also needed to determine how to finance the development of church and school facilities. The solution was to establish an internal financing program in which members of the church would directly […]
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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.