May 7, 2018 | Posted by Demian Farnworth
When they happen, climatic disasters dominate the news. Late last year three hurricanes pummeled Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico—leaving the regions in complete chaos. For Texas and Puerto Rico, it will take years to recover. Yet media coverage on hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria lasted less than two months. However, LCMS Disaster Response has had […]
May 4, 2018 | Posted by Demian Farnworth
Editor’s Note: To celebrate the announcement of the 2018 Kaleidoscope Fund grant recipients, we are sharing the 2017 recipient’s stories over the next two months. See all 2017 stories here as they are published. -LCEF Editorial Team For a large community dinner like the one Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Sturgeon Bay, Wisc., puts on every Thursday, you would […]
April 27, 2018 | Posted by Demian Farnworth
Editor’s Note: To celebrate the opening of the 2018 Kaleidoscope Fund grant proposal process, we are sharing the 2017 recipient’s stories over the next two months. See all 2017 stories here as they are published. -LCEF Editorial Team Since the first century, the mission of the Church has been simple: tell people about Jesus and His love for […]
April 20, 2018 | Posted by Demian Farnworth
The stress and burden of pastoring a church are enormous. You have to balance work and family life and the demands each makes while taking care of yourself. These demands can be amplified when you are working in a foreign environment—the kind of situation a church worker from the Midwest might find themselves in with […]
April 13, 2018 | Posted by Demian Farnworth
Editor’s Note: To celebrate the announcement of the 2018 Kaleidoscope Fund grant recipients, we are sharing the 2017 recipient’s stories over the next two months. See all 2017 stories here as they are published. -LCEF Editorial Team Most people have given up on East St. Louis (ESL). Once a bustling industrial city, the fourth largest in Illinois, ESL is […]
April 9, 2018 | Posted by Demian Farnworth
On Monday, April 2, we announced the 2018 Kaleidoscope Fund grant process is now open. We believe this is a perfect opportunity to check back in with the 2017 recipients and look at their stories in full detail. Over the next couple months, we are going to share those stories as a reflection of the […]
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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.