Archive for September 2012

Executive Director of the Office of International Mission

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


LCMS National Housing Support Corporation


Recently, I had a chance to spend sometime working with Nicole Ridley-Turner, the new Executive Director of the LCMS National Housing Support Corporation. The LCMS National Housing Support Corporation is currently seeking qualified applicants for the Director of Advancement position. This position will be responsible for leading and managing all aspects of a comprehensive advancement program including fundraising, communications and constituent relations. Click here for the job posting and application details. You can apply online or send the job posting to a friend.

The LCMS National Housing Support Corporation’s vision is that neighborhoods close to our altars are restored and revitalized by our members’ faith active in love. The LCMS National Housing Support Corporation provides financial support to housing and neighborhood revitalization projects and partnerships. Most importantly, they lend expertise to LCMS entities who have a desire to be catalysts for change by renewing neighborhoods and bringing hope to communities others have given up on. This work is different than other housing efforts. The LCMS National Housing Support Corporation is based on changing residents lives by sharing the love of Christ and connecting communities to our churches. Through the LCMS National Housing Support Corporation, our love in action reaches out to those living in struggling circumstances and without safe, secure homes. So many opportunities exist for the LCMS National Housing Support Corporation. So many children are going to bed tonight not sure where they will be sleeping tomorrow night. For me that is intolerable. Many communities around the country need our help to make things right in their neighborhoods so that families and children can thrive and grow in a safe, secure environment.

Please read the attached recent report from the LCMS National Housing Support Corporation to learn more. HN0913DMXXX Fall 2012 Annual

The LCMS National Housing Support Corporation recently received three new board members that will bring expertise and gifts to the board.

  • Rev. Joshua Gale, Philadelphia, PA (3-year term)
  • Rev. Steve D. Schave, Cincinnati, OH (3-year term)
  • Alan F. Doud, Bakersfield, CA (2-year term)

I’m excited for the future of the LCMS National Housing Support Corporation and their continued work to  renew neighborhoods and transform lives.

– Barb Below