August 8, 2018 | Posted by Demian Farnworth
Even before the May 1, 2017 groundbreaking, Lord of Life Lutheran Church had a waiting list for the congregation’s new Early Childhood Center in Elkhorn, Nebraska. Lord of Life could see families building homes and elementary schools under construction. But they were unsure how best to connect with these new people and share the Gospel. Through […]
August 1, 2018 | Posted by Demian Farnworth
You might be surprised to discover that before the Great Depression only four in ten people owned their home. The rest rented–for good reason. Most mortgages during this time limited loans to 50% of the home’s value. In addition, these loans ranged from three to five years in length, then ended with a balloon payment (which […]
July 12, 2018 | Posted by Demian Farnworth
Starting a private Lutheran high school in a modest-sized community is tough enough. That the population is 60% Mormon is another story. Yet, building such a school is what Grace Lutheran Church, Pocatello, did. Grace Lutheran High School is Idaho’s first Lutheran high school—and is the culmination of four decades of dreams. Over those decades, […]
June 21, 2018 | Posted by Demian Farnworth
In the ‘50s, RCA Victor Corporation began to use an ad campaign with the tagline “Victor, His Master’s Voice.” Nipper, their signature dog, sat listening to a Victrola speaker. Vic Bryant found himself listening for “His Master’s Voice” as well. In 1972, the Lord called him from marketing in the corporate world of Reynolds Aluminum, […]
June 11, 2018 | Posted by Demian Farnworth
Fred E. Lietz served as the first full-time Synod church extension executive. He served at the national level for 22 years (1957-1979) and was instrumental in the growth of the Church Extension Fund (CEF) from an LCMS department to its incorporation in 1978 as a national entity—Lutheran Church Extension Fund. That’s why some people refer […]
May 29, 2018 | Posted by Demian Farnworth
John Kieschnick is a man set free – and he’s on a mission to proclaim that freedom through the Gospel to everyone he meets. Remarkably, that freedom has led God’s people in the LCMS to release more than $113 million toward mission work through LCEF’s Capital Funding Services (CFS). To those who know Kieschnick, this […]
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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.