Board

Lutheran Bible Translators’ board members are professionals with years of experience in business, ministry, and missionary work around the world.

Marlis Norton

Marlis Norton

Chair

Bio

Previously worked in Information Technology project management in the marketing and media arenas; retired and serving in numerous capacities at church and elsewhere.

Nickie Wilson

Nickie Wilson

Vice-Chair

Bio

USAF Lieutenant Colonel, retired; varied international and domestic mission experience.

Rev. Dr. Wayne Braun

Rev. Dr. Wayne Braun

Secretary

Bio

Senior Pastor at Fishers of Men Lutheran Church in Sugar Land, TX, former missionary to Germany.

Ed Lamb

Ed Lamb

Treasurer

Bio

Retired IT Executive. Currently an Executive Advisor/Life Coach and Owner of Fruitful Connections. Board Secretary at Christ Greenfield Church in Gilbert, AZ.

John Rodenburg

John Rodenburg

Bio

Licensed CPA in Illinois; decades of business experience; president of Trinity Springfield and former longtime member and treasurer of CID LCMS.

Rev. Dr. Paul Mueller

Rev. Dr. Paul Mueller

Bio

Now retired, served as the Executive Director of the Center for Applied Lutheran Leadership and Director of the Mission Training Center, Concordia University, Portland; Regional Director – Africa and Evangelistic Missionary in Liberia for LCMS World Mission; and full professor teaching mission and outreach courses at Concordia in St. Paul, MN and Portland, OR. He is the secretary for the North American Mission Executives group.

Jan Wendorf

Jan Wendorf

Bio

Former Lutheran high school teacher, past president of the LWML, member of several non-profit boards.

Dr. Johnnie Driessner

Dr. Johnnie Driessner

Bio

Doctoral Faculty and Dissertation Chair (Part-Time), University of Phoenix; previously served in a variety of faculty and administrative posts at Concordia University Portland, including Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President, and Interim President; previously deployed to the Concordia University Educational Network (CUEnet) as Director of Academic Programming.

Deaconess Heidi Goehmann

Deaconess Heidi Goehmann

Bio

Certified EMDR therapist, freelance author, mental and relational heath advocate.

Deaconess Sonja Baumeister

Deaconess Sonja Baumeister

Bio

Program Coordinator for Mission Training Center which helps lay leaders learn to engage in God’s mission in their own communities.

Rev. Dr. Ronald Rall

Rev. Dr. Ronald Rall

Bio

Former Senior Pastor, Timothy Lutheran Church, St. Louis; Former Missionary to Papua New Guinea, currently part-time teaching at Timothy Lutheran Seminary in PNG and doing continuing education for pastors and evangelists there.  Translator of A Child’s Garden Book (Concordia Publishing House) into Melanesian Pidgin.

Staff

Executive

Dr. Mike Rodewald

Dr. Mike Rodewald

CEO/Executive Director

Rev. Dr. Rich Rudowske

Rev. Dr. Rich Rudowske

COO/Director for Operations

Jennifer Kunkel

Jennifer Kunkel

Board Executive Assistant

Communications & Development

Alyssa Petty

Alyssa Petty

Assistant Director for Marketing and Strategic Engagement

Rhoda Houge

Rhoda Houge

Development Assistant

Jill Inman

Jill Inman

Communications Assistant

Rev. Dr. Tilahun Mendedo

Rev. Dr. Tilahun Mendedo

Executive Development Officer

Molly Poppe

Molly Poppe

Creative Content Writer

Caleb Rodewald

Caleb Rodewald

Creative Lead

Sarah Rudowske

Sarah Rudowske

Graphic Designer

Rev. Dr. Brent Smith

Rev. Dr. Brent Smith

Executive Development Officer

Emily Wilson

Emily Wilson

PR Coordinator

Program Ministries & Operations

Paul Federwitz

Paul Federwitz

Assistant Director for Program Ministries

Charlotte Brandt

Charlotte Brandt

Gift Records Coordinator

Sarah Esala

Sarah Esala

Regional Director - South & East Africa/Pacific

Rev. David Federwitz

Rev. David Federwitz

Regional Director - West Africa

Katie Hogan

Katie Hogan

Program Ministries Assistant

Calvin Inman

Calvin Inman

IT Coordinator

Kathy Knipmeyer

Kathy Knipmeyer

Gift Records

Stephanie Luetjen

Stephanie Luetjen

Accounting Assistant

Rev. Dr. Berhanu Ofgaa

Rev. Dr. Berhanu Ofgaa

Program Director - Ethiopia

Melissa Schweigert

Melissa Schweigert

Human Resources Manager

Angela Tayloe

Angela Tayloe

Finance Manager

Eshinee Veith

Eshinee Veith

Training Coordinator

Open Positions

The International Office Team

At Lutheran Bible Translators, we believe access to God’s Word brings transformation. We also believe the ministry of Bible translation belongs to the entire Church. By joining LBT’s staff, you can be involved in this great mission both at home and abroad.

In everything we do at LBT, we value innovation, professionalism, dialogue, and cultural sensitivity.

Where are the international offices?

LBT’s headquarters is based in Concordia, Missouri. The international offices staff is responsible for managing LBT’s daily operations, outreach efforts, and missionary support services.

Does LBT offer student internships?

In Concordia, MO LBT welcomes unpaid internships in conjunction with a college or university in order to offer college credit. Local or remote opportunities could exist in development, communications, IT, administration, the executive’s office, and in missionary support.

Internationally If you are interested in an international internship, our team will work with you to see if your skills and passion fit any of the needs our missionaries have on the field. We do not keep a list of international needs published on our website. Instead, we work directly with you and our missionaries on a case-by-case basis to give you a productive role in our ministry in a place where you’ll be an asset to the work overseas.

Don’t see an internship opening that works for you? Propose your own internship idea!



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