LCEF Ministry Support is committed to providing a personalized approach for your specific needs. Call us for your next step at 314-885-6444 or call our Information Representatives at 800-843-5233.

CFS Consultants are reliable, experienced, prayerful and results-oriented. Each is committed to your ministry and the community it serves, participating fully in your vision.

Your consultant is a partner throughout the process—from the vision to embarking on the journey to celebrating your ministry in motion.

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LWML Mites Program

Ministry Planning

Financial Planning & Stewardship

When your vision is clear, plans are developing, and members and your community partners are preparing, you must align your resources.

To move forward your ministry may need assistance with financial plans, stewardship education and a capital campaign.

You can choose to partner with LCEF knowing that your ministry support resources are rooted in our Lutheran faith and embrace the LCMS. LCEF offers resources to help your members which will help your members thrive in giving and move you closer to achieving your ministry goals.

Capital Campaigns

Your ministry members have a deep desire to grow the faith. LCEF's Capital Funding Services (CFS) consultants help inspire generosity because they bring a distinctive set of assumptions and practices to bear upon your ministry's campaign.

The goal is never about dollars raised, but the joy and stewardship that comes from a ministry that knows how God intends for its people to serve.

Our experience indicates that achieving this success requires three careful and comprehensive steps:

  • Allow people to grow spiritually through giving.
  • Invite as many as possible to share your vision and actively take a role in making it a reality.
  • Raise the highest dollar amount possible by ensuring that members stay focused on the goal for the full three-year giving period.

Each campaign is designed for your ministry's unique circumstances and is based on God's Word. Our consultants will design a program that is Christ-centered, Gospel-motivated and theologically sound. We serve the LCMS exclusively because we know you — we are you.

Your consultant is onsite as needed during the first four months of the campaign, seeking 100% involvement of your members. Not only will your CFS consultant continue to guide your ministry throughout the campaign, our support staff at the national LCEF office can answer your questions and provide tools and resources.

Online samples will assist those producing communication and creative pieces. This continuous service helps keep the campaign momentum steady and invites new members to see the vision and become a part of it.

To schedule an onsite visit or to learn more, contact LCEF Ministry Support at 314-885-6444.

Current Campaigns
All Saints Lutheran Church Charlotte, NC Goal: Additions; organ; renovations
Other Services Used: Architects
Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church Olathe, KS Goal: Worship Space & Narthex Enhancement; Pre-school play ground; debt reduction
Hampton Lutheran School Hampton, NE Goal: New Building
Hope Lutheran Church Hastings, MN Goal: Renovation & repair
Immanuel Lutheran Church Riverside, CA Goal: Strengthening Immanuel’s foundations for future ministry
Other Services Used: Strategic Planning for Ministry
Immanuel Lutheran Church Alliance, NE Goal: Renovate an existing building for a school
Other Services Used: Laborers For Christ
Messiah Lutheran Church Independence, MO Goal: Debt reduction
North Valley Christian Academy Anthem, AZ Goal: New school campus
Our Redeemer Lutheran Church Sioux Falls, SD Goal: Remodel current facilities and build a fellowship hall.
Park View Lutheran Church Eldridge, IA Goal: Remodel facility, new entrance, fellowship hall and office space
Other Services Used: Architects
Peace Lutheran Church Flagstaff, AZ Goal: Expansion and improvement of parking area; building additions including a larger fellowship hall; remodel of restroom facilities
Other Services Used: Consecrated Stewards
Peace Lutheran Church Lombard, IL Goal: Debt reduction
Philadelphia Lutheran Ministries Springfield, PA Goal: Sustainable funding process for the development of new congregations in the city of Philadelphia
Salem Lutheran Church Orange, CA Goal:
Seattle Lutheran High School Seattle, WA Goal: Debt Reduction/Facility Enhancement
St Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church Weston, FL Goal: Expansion of fellowship space
Other Services Used: Consecrated Stewards
St. Matthew Lutheran Church Lees Summit, MO Goal: Build New Family Life Center
Trinity Lutheran Church Reed City , MI Goal: New school
Other Services Used: CFS (Capital Campaign), Architects
Trinity Lutheran Church Houston, TX Goal: Debt retirement, organ repair, mission projects
Other Services Used: CFS (Capital Campaign)
Trinity Lutheran Church Merrill, WI Goal: Debt Reduction
University Lutheran Church West Lafayette, IN Goal: Facility Expansion
Other Services Used: Architects
Valley Lutheran High School Cedar Falls, IA Goal: Debt Reduction/Facility Enhancement
Other Services Used: CFS (Feasibility Study & Capital Campaign)

Stewardship Education

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod defines Christian stewardship as the free and joyous activity management of life and life's resources for God's purposes. Stewardship is not just a matter of money, but also a sharing of the Good News of Jesus, using our time and talents for ministry, and taking care of God's creation and our own bodies.

For a whole-congregation approach to stewardship, LCEF offers the Consecrated Stewards program. To target smaller groups through Bible study, consider ordering the six-week Bible study called "Journey of Discovery."

Consecrated Stewards

Consecrated Stewards is designed to energize your members in their on-going giving. It is not tied to the church budget but to the need of the giver to give. Most congregations that participate report increases in annual commitments of 15% to 35%.*


  • Ties the commitment process to the Sunday morning act of worship.
  • Does not have members asking other members one-on-one for a financial commitment.
  • Can be used any time during the year.

Going beyond the New Consecration Sunday Stewardship Program, it provides:

  • Solid Lutheran Bible study materials and sermon outlines.
  • Guidance for stewardship witness talks.
  • A process to celebrate congregation ministries.
  • Publicity and communication aids.
  • An optional workshop for leaders.
  • An LCEF trained and certified Guest Leader.

To learn more how Consecrated Stewards can energize your members contact LCEF Ministry Support at 314-885-6444.

* Individual results vary. Increases in amounts committed to annual envelope giving typically range between 15% and 35%. A congregation's results could be more or less. LCEF cannot guarantee results in a Consecrated Stewards program or the fulfillment of the commitments. Success depends upon the cooperation and participation of congregation members.

"Journey of Discovery" Bible Study

"Journey of Discovery" is based on a travel theme, with the ultimate destination of a deeper spiritual understanding of God's intentions. Participants are encouraged as they make their prayerful decisions about the financial offerings given to the Lord through their church.

This stewardship journey through Bible study is designed for a small group setting, discussion and prayerful consideration, your congregation members will grow closer to each other and Jesus.

The five-session study takes participants through different "gates" of giving and sharing as they seek to answer the question, "What shall I render to the Lord for all His benefits to me?"

Ordering Information

Materials include a leader's guide, 10 student workbooks, a DVD and CD-ROM, promotional posters and bulletin inserts, luggage tags, and traveler's checks.

The complete kit (item no. S00322WEB, cost $59.99) may be ordered online at or by calling 800-325-3040.

Tools for Tithing and Tuition

Joyful Response® Program

LCEF offers e-tithing and e-tuition payments through its Joyful Response program, a free stewardship service for congregations, schools and ministry service organizations. LCMS congregations should use the Joyful Response Electronic Offering Program so members...

  • Give offerings consistently.
  • Fulfill their stewardship commitments.
  • Share their financial blessings efficiently and predictably.

LCMS education programs (preschool through college) should use the Joyful Response Electronic Tuition Payment Program so families...

  • Make tuition payments reliably and conveniently.
  • Fulfill their tuition payment commitments with ease.
  • Save the time and cost of writing checks.

LCMS ministries (i.e. LWML, districts, RSOs) should use the Joyful Response Electronic Donation Program so your supporters...

  • Complete their contribution pledges timely and dependably.
  • Share their generosity with ease and convenience.
  • Help ministries concentrate on actual ministry and less on budget issues.
  • LWML TREASURERS: Order the Electronic Mites Program Enrollment Form to help give your participants a convenient way to fulfill their mite donation commitments!

Order your Joyful Response packet today.

To learn more about the Joyful Response Program, contact LCEF at 800-843-5233.

Rev. Robert Besalski

Rev. Robert Besalski

Bob joined Capital Funding Services in 2011 as a Consultant. He has served a variety of schools, congregations and new church plants, and understands the challenges organizations face as decisions are prayed over and made. He believes we are stewards of God's possessions and lives his life accordingly.

Bob serves as a board member for Veterans of the Cross and as chair of the Florida-Georgia District Mission Board. He is serving as interim pastor at St. John Lutheran Church and School, Ocala, Fla. Prior to serving St. John, he was interim pastor at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Jacksonville, Fla.

From 2005-2008, Bob served as coordinator for the "Forward Together" district campaign, which had a $10 million goal, as well as serving as a member in 2007-2009 of the district's "Fan into Flame" capital fund campaign, which had a $5 million goal. His other district service has included Campus Ministry board member, circuit counselor, synodical convention delegate, Mission Board secretary, district office building project coordinator and stewardship committee member.

His first call after graduating Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo., was as a mission planter in Mobile, Ala. Since that time, Bob has planted three congregations in Florida and mentored 30 vicars.

Bob holds a master's in education from the University of Florida, and is a graduate of Concordia University Texas, Austin, as well as Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.

He and his wife have two children and four grandchildren.

Rev. Dr. Karl Galik

Rev. Dr. Karl Galik
Regional Vice President

As a Regional Vice President for Capital Funding Services (CFS), Karl provides exceptional professional and spiritual consultations to congregations in their stewardship and strategic journey. Karl particularly celebrates the spiritual growth and spirit of unity that occurs through campaigns and events designed to lean into the Lord's promises of hope through a sacrificial lifestyle.

In 2010, Rev. Dr Galik was also named to CFS's Pastor Coaching Ministry. In this role, he comes along side Pastors and leaders with spiritual, stewardship or leadership growth mentoring. He also coaches strategic planning by helping Pastors and key leaders develop a process to reveal God's future plans.

Karl's ministry experience spans over 31 years, from the smallest of dual parishes to one of the largest in the LCMS. He has served on Ministerial Health Commissions in Texas and Minnesota and authored books and workshops for spiritual health and well-being. He holds a Bachelor's in Psychology from the University of Florida; a Master's of Divinity from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis; a Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy from Texas A&M, Commerce; and a Doctorate of Ministry in Leadership from Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota.

He currently resides in Naples, Florida with Marilouise with whom he has been married since 1976. Together they have 3 married children and seven grandchildren.

Rev. Dennis Goff

Rev. Dennis Goff
Agency Vice President

Dennis comes to the Capital Funding Services (CFS) division of Lutheran Church Extension Fund with more than 25 years of experience as a Lutheran parish pastor.

Dennis has pastored congregations in Louisiana, Florida and Minnesota. While serving a congregation in Florida with a large Lutheran school, he led the congregation through several capital campaigns raising more than $6 million, impacting the growth of both the church and school ministry. Throughout his ministry, Dennis has exercised a passion for encouraging people to grow in the gift of generosity as the people of God advance the Lord's mission and grow in their own personal discipleship.

In addition to serving as a parish pastor, Dennis has written devotional resources and sermon studies for several Lutheran publications. He has served as an adjunct professor in homiletical studies for Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. His doctorate degree focused on biblical storytelling as a part of preaching. While serving one of Minnesota's largest LCMS congregations, Dennis also served as chairman of a Lutheran mission and outreach endeavor in Minneapolis.

Dennis makes his home in Lakeland, Fla., together with his wife, Laura, and their two sons.

Rev. Dr. Victor Hippe
Pastor Coach

As a stewardship consultant and pastor coach for Capital Funding Services (CFS), Vic provides professional, spiritual guidance to pastors and congregations in their stewardship journey.

In 2010, Vic was named to the CFS Pastor Coaching Ministry team, joining Dr. Jock Ficken, Rev. John Kieschnick, and Dr. Karl Galik. He delivers coaching services to Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) pastors, helping open doors to spiritual and leadership growth. He is also a part of LCEF's Large Church Ministry.

Vic served as senior pastor of the large congregation at Community of Christ at St. Luke, in Federal Way, Wash. He has been a student of leadership and demonstrated it effectively throughout his ministry. Vic also developed the Parent School, an innovative approach to building bridge with the unchurched community in Seattle. He has served as a mentor in Pastoral Leadership Institute (PLI), which provides advanced leadership training for pastors within the LCMS.

Before joining St. Luke's in 1979, Vic served as pastor of First Trinity Lutheran Church, an inner-city congregation in Oakland, Calif. He and his wife reside in Washington state.

Rev. John H. Kieschnick

Rev. John H. Kieschnick
Consultant and Pastor Coach

"[The steps of Chrisian discipline] aren't steps that guarantee spititual growth. Instead, they are doors of growth which lead us into the presence of the Lord"—John Kieschnick, The Best is Yet To Come: 7 Doors of Spiritual Growth (Baxter Press).

Congregations have frequently sought Rev. John Kieschnick's consult regarding planning, management, leadership, and stewardship. Now, as stewardship consultant and pastor coach, Rev. Kieschnick delivers on-site consulting and mentoring services to LCMS congregations and their pastors, helping them open doors to spiritual, stewardship, and leadership growth.

Prior to joining Capital Funding Services, Rev. Kieschnick served as senior pastor of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Houston Texas, from 1974 to 2007. During that time, he shepherded the church from 400 to more than 3,300 baptized members, ranking it the fifth-largest LCMS congregation in the country. Under his pastorate, Gloria Dei conducted seven building and capital stewardship campaigns.

Born in Walburg, Texas, the second youngest of nine children, John received a B.S. in Education from Concordia Teachers' College (now Concordia University Chicago), River Forest, IL. After serving two years as teacher/principal/youth director at Calvary Lutheran Church and Day School in Havertown, Pa., John entered Concordia Theological Seminary, Springfield, IL. (now Fort Wayne). He received his B.D. from the seminary in May 1970, and his M.Div. in May 1985.

Throughout his ministry, John has served on a variety of synodical boards and committees, both national and district (Texas). He has authored numerous stewardship Bible studies and programs, many of which became models for national efforts. He authored a "Christian Money Management Program" as well as the book quoted above. John also helped found the Samaritan Counseling Center in Houston and served as a founding member of the Pastoral Leadership Institute Board of Directors. He served on the Board of Regents of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, his alma mater, from 2004-2010.

John married Elaine Trimble on July 4, 1970. Their marriage has been blessed with three children. In his free time, John enjoys "dreaming dreams" and "seeing visions," and "plays at" golf.

Dave Kuerschner

Dave Kuerschner

Dave began his work with Capital Funding Service (CFS) in 1998, and served as director from 2005 until his retirement from full-time work in 2011. As director, he worked to establish and foster relationships between Capital Funding Services (CFS) and LCMS congregations, high schools, camps, retirement homes and other service organizations. He also contributed greatly to expand the services offered through CFS.

Since retiring, Dave continues his work as a part-time consultant, allowing him to return to leading campaigns at the local level.

Throughout his career with CFS, Dave's emphasis has been creating tailored campaigns in order to create awareness and unity. By addressing local needs, he strengthens ministry through quality service. He strives to facilitate joyful, willing participation and success with sensitivity and integrity.

Before joining CFS, Dave was vice president of a national church stewardship company, where he served for seven years. He became a full-time stewardship consultant in 1992 and conducted more than 110 capital stewardship programs for congregations, as well as more than 15 capital campaigns for school associations. In addition, Dave has conducted 20 ministry vision planning processes and close to 50 feasibility studies with partner churches and agencies. He is author of the stewardship Bible study, "Journey of Discovery," published in 2010 by Concordia Publishing House, and "What Kind of Giver Am I?" Bible study.

For 20 years, Dave served as a parish pastor, leading his churches in three successful building programs. He also served as area coordinator for three national church fund drives.

Rev. Larry L. Reinhardt

Rev. Larry L. Reinhardt

Larry's mission at Capital Funding Services (CFS) is to "help God's people freely and joyfully practice sacrificial living and giving so that the mission and ministry of the local congregation expand." He helps congregations and their leaders grow in the grace of giving through biblically based, capital stewardship campaigns.

Prior to joining CFS, Larry served as the director of stewardship ministry for the LCMS Board for District and Congregational Services. He worked full time in that position from 1996 to 2006, then in a part-time, deployed capacity until 2008. Before 1996, he was part of the staff of Iowa District West as executive for education, missions, and stewardship. Previously, he served for over 16 years as a parish pastor in Washington state following his seven-year tenure as a Lutheran school teacher in New York and Wisconsin.

Larry graduated St. John's College, Winfield, Kan., Concordia Teachers College (now Concordia University Chicago), River Forest, Ill., and Concordia Seminary, Springfield, Ill. Stewardship has been a passion for him throughout his church career. He brings this passion to his current position as a regional consultant for CFS and partners with congregations by designing customized stewardship services that produce God-pleasing results.

Larry and his wife live in Nevada.

Rev. Bob Riggert

Rev. Bob Riggert

Bob is excited about the Immeasurably More campaign and partnering with the Rev. Dr. John Sproul in celebrating God's plan for congregations. He experienced the blessings of a capital campaign while serving as pastor of Zion Lutheran Church, Manning, Iowa.

Bob brings a broad parish perspective, having served as a Lutheran school teacher and principal and as a pastor of rural congregations and in a multi-staff setting. Bob served as an Iowa District West executive assistant for more than 15 years providing resources for congregations in the areas of education, stewardship and youth ministries. As a district staff member, he also assisted congregations in values clarification and visioning processes. He has assisted with The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod national children's ministry initiatives and is the author of children's ministry and stewardship Bible studies.

He holds a bachelor's degree and Lutheran Teacher Diploma from Concordia University, Seward, Nebraska; a master's in education administration from Kent State University, Kent, Ohio; and a master's in religious education from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne.

Bob resides in Manning, Iowa, with his wife. They are blessed with four married children and 11 grandchildren.

Rev. Dominic J. Rivkin

Rev. Dominic J. Rivkin

Dominic Rivkin is excited to work with congregations seeking to meet their visionary goals with strong, stable and sustainable methods of stewardship and advancement. Dominic feels that Capital Funding Services offers support and planning that both honors our Lord and meets the needs of congregations that seek to connect with their communities.

Dominic is a second-career pastor who spent several years developing new product markets and business segments for a large, multi-national electrical engineering firm. This experience and his seminary training as a domestic missionary, translated into a church-planting ministry. This in turn resulted in a strong, Christ-centered and community-focused congregation in Southern California. Dominic also continued to work consulting and coaching both congregations and leaders on creating a vision for today's missional church.

Dominic currently serves as the Mission Developer overseeing Lutheran Inter-City Network Coalition (LINC) Los Angeles, a new non-profit urban mission network that encourages, equips and empowers individuals to effectively start new ministries that connect communities with Christ. He hopes to continue to bless both this network and CFS with 20-plus years of experience in strategic development and implementation of organizational vision, mission and partnership. Dominic holds a bachelor's in communications from Concordia University Chicago, River Forest, Ill., and a Master's of Divinity from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.

Dominic enjoys life in the beautiful city of Los Angeles with his wife and two daughters.

Rev. Dr. Arthur W. Scherer

Rev. Dr. Arthur W. Scherer

Art is president emeritus of the Southeastern District, LCMS, and, as Consultant, helps congregations and their leaders grow in the grace of giving through biblically based, capital campaigns and stewardship workshops.

In addition to his work with Capital Funding Services, Art serves on the Board of Regents of Concordia College — New York, Bronxville, N.Y.; as an Ablaze! Ambassador for the LCMS; and as chair of the Development Advisory Group for Augsburg Lutheran Home, Baltimore, Md. He has been called upon as a presenter and facilitator for workshops, seminars, and conferences in many LCMS districts. Art authored "Becoming a Trustee of Lutheran Values," an orientation guide for governing boards, published in 2005 by Lutheran Services in America. "Consecrated Stewards: A Stewardship Program to Grow in Proportionate Giving" was developed by Art in 2006 for LCEF and is used by many congregations annually.

Art previously served as mission and ministry facilitator for the Northern Region of the Southeastern District and was a parish Pastor in the Southeastern District for 28 years. He also has served as a mission developer, Pastor, and senior Pastor of several congregations.

Art graduated Concordia, Bronxville, Concordia Senior College, Ft. Wayne, Ind., and Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo. His Doctor of Ministry, earned at Lutheran Theological Seminary, Gettysburg, Pa., focused on the ministry of the laity. He also holds an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Concordia, Bronxville.

Art and his wife Linda live in Catonsville, Md., and have two children.

Rev. Mark Schulz

Rev. Mark Schulz

As a Capital Funding Services Consultant, Mark provides professional and spiritual support for congregations in their stewardship and strategic journey. He has experienced how individual and congregational growth in financial generosity has been accompanied by the development of a deeper trust in God and a stronger commitment to his mission. Or as Jesus put it, "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." (Matt. 6:21, ESV)

Mark's ministry experience within The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod spans nearly 32 years with all but three serving Peace Lutheran Church in Eau Claire, WI. He has been a part of the growth of Peace from a medium size church in which he was the only full-time staff person to a large multi-staff church. Along the way, Mark has initiated three capital building campaigns at Peace (working with three different firms!) as well as many regular giving programs. His special ministry interests include leadership coaching, spiritual formation, and the study of the Apostle Paul's theology.

Mark has served in a variety of roles in the North Wisconsin District, most recently in congregational consulting. He earned a bachelor's degree in math from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Master's in Divinity from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, and a Doctorate in Ministry from Fuller Seminary-Pasadena (with an emphasis in theology and culture). He is also a trained and certified Leadership and Strengths Coach.

He currently resides in Eau Claire, Wis., with his wife. They have four adult children.

Rev. Dr. John Sproul

Rev. Dr. John Sproul
Regional Vice President

John serves as Regional Vice President and Consultant for Capital Funding Services, a ministry of Lutheran Church Extension Fund. In this role, he guides congregations seeking to achieve the vision God has for them.

John's heritage was shaped by generations of family who served as Lutheran pastors, educators and musicians. In each of his calls to four congregations — ranging from a new, contemporary mission congregation to a mid-sized traditional church to two mega-churches — his passion for stewardship has been formed and expressed by our precious Lutheran emphasis on grace; that our generosity is to be empowered and inspired by the Gospel of our Savior.

His creativity is expressed in his love for writing, designing and implementing worship and special events, during which people are inspired to respond generously to the future God has for a congregation or institution. During his 25 years in the ministry, he has worked with over three dozen congregations around the country, causing heritage to converge with creativity in their capital campaigns, vision seminars and worship workshops.

John is a graduate of Concordia University, Ann Arbor, Mich.; Concordia Theological Seminary, St. Catharines, Ontario, and earned a Doctorate of Ministry degree from Northern Baptist Seminary, Lombard, Ill, having studied Christian worship under the late Dr. Robert Webber.

John resides in St. Louis, Mo.

Rev. David Thiele

Rev. David Thiele

David serves as a Capital Funding Services Consultant as well as the Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) District Vice President for the English District. David has a contagious passion for helping people and congregations achieve the vision God has given them within their local context and culture.

Through Capital Funding Services, David shares the joy of giving he has grown up with and cultivated throughout his life. As a District Vice President, he connects congregations with needed resources to expand their ministry.

David brings a grace-filled focus to each congregation he serves, including the inner-city congregation for which he was the pastor for nearly 20 years. At this congregation, each new vision was achieved by God's grace and the response of God's people. During David's tenure, membership included refugees from 10 different nations as well as lifelong U.S. citizens, all united around the Gospel. The congregation became a church of significance within the community.

David earned a Masters in Divinity from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis and has served on a variety of district and The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod boards and committees. He has served as a mission executive and consulted with many congregations. With his extensive background in missions, he has created workshops intent on moving congregations to a community focus, based on our Lutheran identity.

Rev. Edward Wm. Trost

Rev. Edward Wm. Trost

Ed joined Capital Funding Services in 2012 as a Consultant. He has served as a pastor and in leadership roles within the Kansas and Michigan districts.

His first call after graduating Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo., was as pastor to Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Wamego, Kan. He has also served as a pastor to Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Wichita, Kan., St. Paul Lutheran Church, Flint, Mich., and Bethany Lutheran Church in Overland Park, Kan.

Ed has led each of the congregations he has served through capital campaigns. In each instance, not only did these stewardship emphases raise capital needed for facility expansion, but overall giving for mission and ministry increased as well. When God's people are focused on Lordship living, Christian giving becomes a way of life.

During his years in the Kansas District, Ed served as a member of the District Youth Committee, chairman of the Circuit Counselors' Conference and member of the district's Board of Directors. He also served nine years as the First Vice President of the Kansas District. While in the Michigan District, Ed served as chairman of the district's Pastoral Conference and chairman of the Task Force for the Reorganization of District Staff. He also served as the pastoral member of the district's Property and Finance Committee and member of the Michigan District Board of Directors. He has served as a pastoral delegate at five synodical conventions.

Ed holds a Master of Divinity degree from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo., and a bachelor's degree from Concordia Senior College in Fort Wayne, Ind.

He and his wife live in Olathe, Kan.

Rev. Phil Wagner

Rev. Phil Wagner

As a Consultant with Capital Funding Services, Phil offers a congregation and its leaders Christ-centered direction and encouragement, walking with them through the challenges of vision development, generosity and spiritual growth. He has always believed the Biblical truth that as God's people encounter Jesus Christ and grow in faith, their management of God's blessings will not only benefit the spiritual and financial growth of their congregation, but also be accompanied by increases in love, grace and joy. God literally transforms us to live generous, abundant lives of blessing together.

Phil's ministry journey includes a variety of experiences which help him to be insightful and supportive. His vicarage and first congregation were opportunities to be a part of large churches with schools. At Golden Valley Lutheran Church in Minnesota he served 20 years, first as the only full-time staff and then, as the church grew, as senior pastor of a large multi-staffed ministry. He now serves at Trinity Lutheran Church in Waconia, Minn., as senior pastor. The church includes a large school, multiple ministries and many staff members. Along the way, Phil's congregations were blessed to start preschools and child-care centers. There were also several capital campaigns and multiple annual appeals.

Phil graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor's in physical science and from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis with a Master's of Theology. He has received extensive training in the Beeson Church Leadership program and has trained with Pete Steinke in a Systems Approach for Healthy Congregations. Through conferences and personal study, he continues to sharpen his skills in leadership, visioning and conflict resolution. He has written several devotional books for congregations. During the last few years, after receiving training through the Minnesota South District, Phil has been a coach for Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod pastors.

Phil enjoys golf, travel and following his hometown Detroit sports teams. He and his wife have three grown daughters.