October 26, 2018 | Posted by Demian Farnworth
The city Around A.D. 1180, Flemish colonists fleeing persecution and overcrowding in Flanders settled in Eastern Germany along the River Elbe. Perhaps the wide and languid river proved a substantial source of fish while the land was fertile for harvesting and herding. For whatever reason they chose that particular spot, little could these farmers, traders, […]
May 15, 2018 | Posted by Demian Farnworth
In January 2018, Concordia Publishing House published a first: John Frederick the Magnanimous: Defender of Martin Luther and Hero of the Reformation. This is the first biography in English of the champion of the Reformation. The German version of the book appeared in 1903, written by Georg Mentz, a professor in Jena, on the 400th […]
November 10, 2017 | Posted by Jeni Miller
It’s always a bit awkward to celebrate someone who truly doesn’t want to be celebrated. Yet, we do it anyway. Martin Luther was one of those don’t-look-at-me types. Like John the Baptist or Saint Paul, he would much rather see the spotlight shining brightly on Christ, while he himself fades into the background. Today, on […]
October 31, 2017 | Posted by Demian Farnworth
That we live in a consumer culture is an understatement. We have all the choices in the world. We are mobile and aware of what is going on—not just in the town down the highway—but in Houston, Lisbon, Caracas or Hanoi any time of the day. It doesn’t matter if we live in Portland or […]
October 25, 2017 | Posted by Demian Farnworth
October 31, 2017, is fast approaching. Do you have plans to celebrate this monumental event? If you don’t, here are 10 interesting ideas. 1. Read the Bible every day One of the greatest legacies we enjoy from the Reformation is the ability to read and study the Bible on our own. Let’s not take that […]
October 18, 2017 | Posted by Demian Farnworth
What is it about an obscure 16th century Augustinian monk in a small German town that deserves international attention, celebration and recognition? After all, the Roman Catholic Church called Dr. Martin Luther a “wild boar in the church’s vineyard.” The town of Wittenberg, on the other hand, looks more favorably upon the monk. Wittenberg is […]
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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.