At LCEF’s 2017 Fall Leadership Conference, we acknowledged and celebrated the amazing partnerships we have with the individuals, congregations, schools and organizations who make ministry happen.
It was also a precious and prayerful time of fellowship with friends, partners and investors who make it possible for LCEF to support LCMS ministries.
If you want a taste of what it was like to be there—or you want to relive those moments—we’ve shared some of the speakers’ presentations below.
Experience the entire three-day conference—and all the lovely people, fun times and engaging presentations—in this brief but bold video!
Welcome to the South
LCMS Southern District President and conference chaplain Rev. Kurtis Schultz introduced us to the history and wonders of his district.
What Real Love Looks Like
Max Biesenthal, LCEF senior vice president – Ministry Support and conference emcee, challenged our common misconceptions about love and clarified the reality of true love in Christ.
Outstanding Ministry Efforts
Steve Bremer, LCEF senior vice president – National & District Operations, presented two awards that celebrate and honor the life and ministry of the late Fred E. Lietz who brought LCEF to life in the late 1970s.
Honoring Ministry Extension Work
Ryan McIvor, senior vice president – National & District Operations, introduced us to the congregations who’ve elevated their partnership with LCEF and the district vice presidents who tirelessly serve their districts.
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod President Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison encouraged us to remember that we have a reason to rejoice.
The Love That Inspires
LCEF President and CEO Bart Day reminded us of God’s bold and reckless love for all people—a tenderness that should inspire our own compassionate words and deeds for the loveless.
Liberty to Proclaim Jesus’ Freedom
Greg Seltz, executive director of the Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty in Washington, D.C., explained the importance of maintaining our worldly freedoms so we can engage the culture and proclaim the eternal peace of Christ.
Bold Love in Difficult Circumstances
Clinical social worker Megan Meissler, Rev. Tim Carter and former Navy Chaplain Rev. David Schilling discussed what it looks like to love boldly and not feel helpless in persistently harsh and painful situations.
Lutherans and Loving Boldly
Rev. Dr. John Nunes, president of Concordia College New York, spoke about the things that Lutherans do well (like educating all people in the faith) as well as what we could do better.
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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.