October 12, 2017 | Posted by Art Scherer
“Well, you certainly don’t look sick.” That’s a common response received by people with chronic diseases (e.g., diabetes, lupus, certain forms of cancer, MS, fibromyalgia, Crohn’s disease, and many others.) when they speak to someone about their illness. Because the majority of people with chronic diseases do not usually look sick, chronic illness is often […]
October 9, 2017 | Posted by Demian Farnworth
It’s right around the corner–October 31, 2017–the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. It’s a monumental moment in the history of the Church—started when Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the doors of Castle Church. Since then, the task of every Lutheran has been to make known the love of Christ. The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod […]
September 29, 2017 | Posted by LCEF
I am just a few short days from my departure as President/C.E.O. of the Lutheran Church Extension Fund where I have had the privilege to lead this important, vibrant ministry of the LCMS for the past eight years. As I reflect on my tenure, what comes to mind is how I have been blessed to […]
September 20, 2017 | Posted by Jeff Meyer
“I hate missional. The term makes my skin crawl. Every time I hear it, I just want to run away. I’m so tired of it.” One of our lifeGroup leaders shared this at a recent leadership training session. A member of his group had apparently had enough of the training and encouragement to “be missional.” […]
September 8, 2017 | Posted by LCEF
Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me. — Matthew 25:40 In a matter of weeks, the United States is facing the unprecedented aftermath of several natural disasters and the challenges that lay ahead. Hurricane Harvey caused historic flooding in […]
September 1, 2017 | Posted by LCEF
The Kaleidoscope Fund, a granting program established by the Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF), has announced a $250,000 grant to The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s (LCMS) Disaster Response ministry. The grant is intended for the sole purpose of providing assistance to individuals affected by Hurricane Harvey. LCMS Disaster Response walks alongside disaster victims to provide emergency […]
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.