December 15, 2017 | Posted by Dominic Rivkin
So here’s how I imagine things went down: John the Baptizer is locked up in a tiny cell. In the deep darkness of this smelly prison, he wonders what has gone wrong. He adjusts his itchy camel-hair tunic and paces back and forth, playing the whole thing over in his head. This crazy call to […]
December 19, 2016 | Posted by Ken Chitwood
Whether it’s the long lines at the post office that are making you angry, the pain from the loss of a loved one last year that lingers, or the stress of putting together the perfect plan for your Christmas party, worship service, or program it can be hard to have fun at Christmas. And yet, […]
December 14, 2016 | Posted by Karina Rovey
I love Christmas. It truly deserves the title as the most wonderful time of the year. Given that, you might be surprised by the fact that I have rarely ever purchased Christmas gifts for my family and friends. Though this might sound a little strange, I will assure you that I am no Ebeneezer Scrooge. […]
December 7, 2016 | Posted by Emily Briggs
Here we are again, about to begin what might be the busiest season all year: Christmas. Too many traditions and parties to count and what seems like an endless amount of gifts packed tightly into one month. Tinsel, stockings, Santa, peppermints, parties, snow, music–all wonderful things–yet they seem to get in the way of the […]
December 17, 2015 | Posted by Karl Galik
There is great power in presence! When you’re present with someone it changes them. It could be for the better – and might be for the worse; but, all you have to do is show up, be there and you’re influencing another person. You might elicit desires to embrace or flee, but you’ll elicit something […]
May 18, 2015 | Posted by John Kieschnick
One of my favorite comments from Rick Warren has to do with his insights regarding “creativity.” He once said, in jest no doubt, “Creativity is the ability to cover your sources.” He also observed how people will begin telling a story or a quote by saying, “I read recently that Dr. Jim Collins noted that […]
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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.