December 15, 2017 | Posted by Dominic Rivkin
So here’s how I imagine things went down: John the Baptizer is locked up in a tiny cell. In the deep darkness of this smelly prison, he wonders what has gone wrong. He adjusts his itchy camel-hair tunic and paces back and forth, playing the whole thing over in his head. This crazy call to […]
September 13, 2017 | Posted by Peter Kelm
Editor’s Note: On September 11, 2017, Rev. Peter Kelm entered the arms of Jesus after a heroic battle with cancer. Later this week Peter’s family, friends, and parishioners will gather to mourn his death and rejoice in the sure and certain hope of the resurrection to everlasting life and a joyful reunion with those we […]
July 31, 2017 | Posted by Randy Raasch
I am blessed to have two younger brothers. They are five and seven years younger than me. They are more intelligent than me, better looking and much more talented. But back in the day, when I was a teenager and they were in grade school, my mother would remind me that I needed to set […]
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 […]
March 9, 2017 | Posted by Will Miller
I recently attended the Best Practices for Ministry conference in Phoenix, Arizona with six other members of my Executive Ministry Team. We aren’t a large church. We’re medium sized. But having seven of us in total easily made us one of the largest contingents from a single congregation at that conference. And I saw genuine […]
February 2, 2017 | Posted by Randy Raasch
It was an honest comment, but one that really hit me. A member of our staff said, “The way things work around here is that you are given a responsibility and then left alone.” Some people would take this as a compliment. This was not meant to be a compliment. The inference was that 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.