May 19, 2017 | Posted by LCEF
“Who is a bigger enemy to the devil than the preacher of the Word and Sacrament?” asks Rev. Dr. Carlos Hernandez, Director, Church and Community Engagement in the LCMS Office of National Mission. “So one way to bring preachers down is to mess with their livelihood.” Dr. Hernandez runs the Soldiers of the Cross (SOTC), […]
May 18, 2017 | Posted by Randy Raasch
My wife and I recently returned from a two-week trip to the British Isles. We decided that while overseas we didn’t need to pay for an international plan on both of our cell phones. My wife’s job requires her to be available daily so those she serves are able to communicate with her on a […]
May 17, 2017 | Posted by Karina Rovey
Around school and in my friend group, I’ve been known for having a “club addiction.” That is, I’m somehow involved in over half of the clubs my school has to offer. Now, I’m not saying that’s always necessarily a good thing (I often find myself over-committed). But I do believe that my involvement has expanded […]
May 16, 2017 | Posted by LCEF
Rev. Ryan Tinetti knew his congregation would benefit from their Biblically based stewardship emphasis, but the Spokane, Washington, pastor was a bit surprised when a member actually thanked him. “She appreciated that it wasn’t a guilt trip reprimanding her to give more, but more an invitation to grow in her faith,” Tinetti said of LCEF’s […]
May 11, 2017 | Posted by Taylor Overstreet
“May we have the Financial Report?” I’ve heard that request in several congregations I have served as a District staffer and a consultant. The answers often fall into one of these categories: “I don’t have the figures with me. They are pretty much the same as last month. But we are in good shape. All the […]
May 10, 2017 | Posted by Jenna Johnson
I go to Mexico every year on a mission trip with my church group, but I have to pay $400 for it. My grandparents paid for my first trip when I was in 7th grade, but I’ve had to think of my own ways to come up with my own money every other year. Here […]
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.