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 […]
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 […]
August 18, 2016 | Posted by Joe Russo
You don’t talk long with Arleen Bohlmann before the conversation turns to children. “I’ve felt such blessings,” says this former kindergarten teacher who continues to share her big heart for little ones as coordinator for LCEF’s Young Investors (Y.I.) Club at Bethany Lutheran Church Waynesboro, Virginia. Those blessings include the two preschools Arleen helped start […]
| Posted by Joe Russo
East St. Louis, Illinois, is a community with a shrinking economic base where more than 33% of households are below the poverty level. A grant from Lutheran Housing Support (LHS) will enable Unity Lutheran Church there, and its partner—the Lansdowne Community Initiative—to assist at least eight homeowners with critical home repairs. A Laborers For Christ […]
July 13, 2016 | Posted by Joe Russo
As she left the weekly food pantry at Risen Savior Lutheran Church in Palm Bay, Florida, a woman overheard a young mother waiting in line say she hoped milk was still available because her baby needed it. Knowing that the supply was dwindling, the woman who had already completed her shopping handed her gallon jug […]
July 12, 2016 | Posted by Joe Russo
Jim Bouvin and Marvin Duensing may be retired from LCEF’s Laborers For Christ on paper, but both men continue to actively support the ministry–including in their own congregations. Laborers are working with members at St. John Lutheran Church, building a new worship facility in Lexington, Kentucky, where Bouvin and his wife, Carol are members. “I […]
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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.