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 […]
January 6, 2017 | Posted by Will Hanke
Growing up with both of my grandpas as pastors, I sometimes just follow their lead on what to do at church. I watched as the church I grew up in had to add positions to fill needs, and look for answers to problems that weren’t covered in seminary classes. Creative ways were found to improve […]
November 10, 2016 | Posted by Randy Raasch
It seems to me that our culture isn’t as kind as it once was. Road rage plagues our travel. Cable news shows pit political foes against each other, who shout at one another. Radio talk show hosts use abrasive terms to identify the people who don’t agree with them. Internet bloggers make a living by […]
November 3, 2016 | Posted by Will Miller
Years ago I was offered a job teaching in rural Thailand. As usual, teaching afforded me the opportunity to learn more than I ever gave back to my students. Much of what I learned was related to the culture differences between this developing world culture and my native Western society back home in the United […]
October 31, 2016 | Posted by Billy Brath
Ever look at your responsibilities and think, “There is no way I’m qualified for this!?” Good. On our own we’re never qualified for our vocational callings, God qualifies us! By His blessings and guidance we push on, serving and fulfilling our calls. My challenge is this: hire/engage leaders who on paper aren’t qualified according to […]
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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.