Board

LBT board members are experienced professionals with years of experience in business, ministry, and missionary work around the world. Board members are:

  • Rev. Dr. Jeremy Pekari, Chair – Senior Pastor at Messiah Lutheran Church in Lynnfield, MA
  • Marlis Norton, Vice-Chair – Previously worked in Information Technology project management in the marketing and media arenas; retired and serving in numerous capacities at church and elsewhere
  • David Garrett, Secretary – Served in a variety of capacities with Jews for Jesus since 1981; currently serves as Children and Youth Ministry Director and Missionary at Large
  • John Rodenburg, Treasurer – Licensed CPA in Illinois; decades of business experience; president of Trinity Springfield and former long time member and treasurer of CID LCMS
  • Rev. Dr. David Birner – Executive Director of International Education in the Office of International Student Services Concordia University, Wisconsin; previously responsible for leadership of the LCMS World Mission International Program in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Eurasia
  • Rev. Kenneth Greinke – Retired LCMS pastor; former LCMS missionary; previously responsible for regional leadership of the LCMS World Mission International Program
  • Rev. Dr. John Mehl – Executive Director of Mission of Christ Network; previously responsible for leadership of the LCMS World Mission International Program in Eurasia; Director of Mission Partnerships & Church Relations at Concordia University, Nebraska
  • Rev. Dr. Paul Mueller – Executive Director of the Center for Applied Lutheran Leadership and Director of the Mission Training Center, Concordia University, Portland; previously served as Missionary Advisory Council Secretary in Liberia, West Africa, Lutheran Society for Missiology Secretary, Home Council World Mission Prayer League Executive Director, and as a member of the Ethnic Ministries Task Force
  • Rev. Richard Tursic, (not shown) – Experience as a CPA and worked among Chinese people for many years in evangelism, church leadership development, and Bible translation promotion, including the kick-starting of a Bible translation project
  • Virginia Von Seggern – Former national president of LWML; registered nurse (retired); former elected member of the LCMS Board for World Missions
  • Monica ‘Nickie’ Wilson – USAF Lieutenant Colonel, retired; varied international and domestic mission experience
  • Paul Zilz (not shown) – Owner of Capstone Insurance Group, LLC; certified consultant for the Carver Model of Board Governance

Staff

Executive 

Running a non-profit organization in this decade has become increasingly complex. You need to not only continually point people to the vital mission we share, but you also need to consider the myriad of complex regulations that seem to grow every year.

Dr. Mike Rodewald

Dr. Mike Rodewald

Executive Director

Jennifer Kunkel

Jennifer Kunkel

Board Executive Assistant

Development

A key focus for the Development team is to help people, especially Lutherans, become more involved in Bible translation work. Lutheran Bible Translators is a group of dedicated Christians working hard together to make God’s Word accessible to people around the world.

David Snyder

David Snyder

Director for Development/CDO

Rev. Dr. Tilahun Mendedo

Rev. Dr. Tilahun Mendedo

Executive Development Officer

Anna Morrison

Anna Morrison

Development Assistant

Communications/Marketing

Our Communications/Marketing team loves to share with you many of the wonderful things God is doing through our efforts together. The firms we partner with to produce our communication materials find joy in crafting publications that you appreciate.

Barbara Beermann

Barbara Beermann

Communications Assistant

Linda Gari

Linda Gari

Communications Coordinator

Caleb Rodewald

Caleb Rodewald

Graphic Designer/Video Editor

Program Ministries & Operations

Together, the Program Ministries and Operations team provide support for Lutheran Bible Translators’ missionaries, international partners, programs, and projects. From program management, recruitment, and training of new missionaries to gift processing and donor relations, the staff works with a common goal: God’s Word for every language.

Rev. Rich Rudowske

Rev. Rich Rudowske

Director for Program Ministries/COO

Charlotte Brandt

Charlotte Brandt

Gift Records Coordinator

Katie Hogan

Katie Hogan

Program Ministries Assistant

Kathy Knipmeyer

Kathy Knipmeyer

Gift Records

Judy Krause

Judy Krause

Administrative Assistant Finance

Jim Laesch

Jim Laesch

Regional Director - South & East Africa

Rev. Dr. Berhanu Ofgaa

Rev. Dr. Berhanu Ofgaa

Program Director - Ethiopia

Jeannie Peterson

Jeannie Peterson

Gift Records

Melissa Schweigert

Melissa Schweigert

Human Resources Manager

Sarah Stilwell

Sarah Stilwell

IT Coordinator

Angela Tayloe

Angela Tayloe

Finance Manager

Eshinee Veith

Eshinee Veith

Training Coordinator

Emily Wilson

Emily Wilson

Mission Mobilization Coordinator

Open Positions

Why join our 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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