This week Pres. Harrison sent out the message below to employees of the International Center informing them that Rev. Randy Golter, former District President of the LCMS Rocky Mountain District, has accepted the call to be the Executive Director of the Office of International Mission.

Greetings, dear co-workers in Christ!

I am writing with great joy and expectation to announce that Rev. Randall L. Golter will be joining our staff as executive director, Office of International Mission effective Oct. 25. In this role, he will be responsible for overseeing and supervising all staff, programs, projects and activities for the work of the Synod in foreign countries.

Many of you will know that Rev. Golter served as president of the LCMS Rocky Mountain District since 2003. In that role, he served as the ecclesiastical supervisor of the pastors and other church workers of some 180 congregations and the LCMS schools in the district. In addition to carrying out the administrative responsibilities of a district president, Rev. Golter also managed a $500,000 fundraising effort for the Lutheran Church in Southern Africa; oversaw the district’s commitment to the LCMS Fan into Flame! campaign; and implemented a new mission effort called “Gospel Gap Paradigm,” which emphasizes the circuits as the stewarding authority of their mission regions. Since 2009, Rev. Golter also served as the district’s mission executive.

Prior to his election to district president, Rev. Golter served as pastor of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Highlands Ranch, Colo. (2001-2003); Grace Lutheran Church, Albuquerque, N.M. (1994-2001); and Trinity Lutheran Church, Wheatland, Wyo. (1985-1994).

Rev. Golter earned a Master of Divinity degree and completed course work for a Master of Sacred Theology degree at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. He currently is pursuing a Doctor of Ministry degree from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne.

I believe that Rev. Golter is superbly qualified for this position. Please join me in welcoming him to our team and in praying that God richly blesses his leadership for the sake of the Gospel.

In His service,

Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, President

Click here to read the Reporter Online article about this news. Please keep Rev. Golter in your prayers as he begins his transition into his new position. Also, keep all of the employees of the Office of International Mission in your prayers as they await Rev.Golter’s arrival. You are invited to attend Rev. Golter’s installation service October 25th during  the 10am chapel service at the International Center in St. Louis.

– Barb Below