June 5, 2017 | Posted by LCEF
“Our wives feel left behind and forgotten,” wrote Chaplain Scott L. Shields. A sentiment shared by dozens of other chaplains who each year travel to the annual Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) Chaplain Conferences, one held on the West Coast, the other on the East. Each year the Department of Defense (DOD) requires each denomination to […]
May 24, 2017 | Posted by Emily Briggs
For me, vacations are the financial equivalent of a gasoline fire starting in my piggy bank. Now, since summer is almost here I am yet again faced with vacation season. This year, though, I have decided to stop spending so much money on vacation. I still want the same experience, but without the same price […]
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 […]
April 28, 2017 | Posted by LCEF
Last year LCEF launched a granting initiative called The Kaleidoscope Fund, which was established to support ministries that have as their focus outreach and expansion, education and rostered church worker wellness. The response was overwhelming. Shortly after the submission deadline passed, The Kaleidoscope Fund committee convened to review the applications. After prayerful consideration of all […]
April 20, 2017 | Posted by Tom Eggebrecht
Let’s face it. We live in a noisy world. The majority of messages sent are never seen or heard by the intended audience. Unfortunately, the same is true for the most important message in the world: The Gospel of the forgiveness of sins by grace, through faith, because of Jesus Christ. If we want our […]
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.