Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) is blessed to partner with The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) to provide financial assistance through our Synod’s Soldiers of the Cross Amplified program to church workers in crisis situations. Our LCEF funds, administered by each LCMS district office, will help ordained or commissioned ministers and laity serving congregations, schools and Recognized Service Organizations who find themselves with immediate unmet financial needs stemming directly or indirectly from the spread of the pandemic.
LCEF is immediately distributing $1 million dollars to the 35 districts for immediate relief grants. We extend a heartfelt challenge to our faithful LCEF investors and friends to help equal or exceed the initial $1 million-dollar distribution.
The LCMS has itself committed $1.5 million dollars toward this effort from humanitarian gifts already received. Working with their donors and reaching further into the Church, the LCMS will continue to appeal to the entire Church to give an equal or greater amount over the coming months.
Together, LCEF and the LCMS seek to raise $5 million dollars for Soldiers of the Cross Amplified, purely to address the needs of church workers facing a crisis situation.
The need is urgent. Please support our Soldiers of the Cross Amplified COVID-19 Response Initiative through your gift of any amount, given at any time. May the Lord richly bless your generosity.
If you would like to send a check directly to LCEF, please mail to this address:
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PO Box 229009
St. Louis, MO 63122-9009
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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.