Board

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

 

  • Marlis Norton, Chair – 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, Vice-Chair – USAF Lieutenant Colonel, retired; varied international and domestic mission experience
  • Rev. Dr. Wayne Braun, Secretary – Senior Pastor at Fishers of Men Lutheran Church in Sugar Land, TX, former missionary to Germany
  • John Rodenburg, Treasurer – 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 – 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
  • Jan Wendorf – Former Lutheran high school teacher, past president of the LWML, member of several non-profit boards.
  • Dr. Johnnie Driessner – 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.
  • Ed Lamb – Retired IT Executive. Currently an Executive Advisor/Life Coach and Owner of Fruitful Connections. Board Secretary at Christ Greenfield Church in Gilbert, AZ.
  • Deaconess Heidi Goehmann – Certified EMDR therapist, freelance author, mental and relational heath advocate.
  • Deaconess Sonja Baumeister – Program Coordinator for Mission Training Center which helps lay leaders learn to engage in God’s mission in their own communities.
  • Crystal Miller – Departmental Administrator in Genetics, Cell Biology & Anatomy at the University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Andrew Armstrong – Director of Administration and Operations at Shepherd of the Desert Church and Preschool in Scottsdale, AZ

Staff

Executive

Dr. Mike Rodewald

Dr. Mike Rodewald

Executive Director

Jennifer Kunkel

Jennifer Kunkel

Board Executive Assistant

Communications/Development

Amy Gerdts

Amy Gerdts

Director for Communications

Linda Gari

Linda Gari

Communications Coordinator

Rhoda Houge

Rhoda Houge

Development Assistant

Sarah Lyons

Sarah Lyons

Graphic Designer

Rev. Dr. Tilahun Mendedo

Rev. Dr. Tilahun Mendedo

Executive Development Officer

Alyssa Petty

Alyssa Petty

Assistant Director for Development and Communications

Caleb Rodewald

Caleb Rodewald

Creative Lead

Rev. Dr. Brent Smith

Rev. Dr. Brent Smith

Executive Development Officer

Emily Wilson

Emily Wilson

PR and Communications Coordinator

Program Ministries & Operations

Rev. Rich Rudowske

Rev. Rich Rudowske

Director for Program Ministries/COO

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

Paul Federwitz

Paul Federwitz

Assistant Director for Program Ministries/CIO

Katie Hogan

Katie Hogan

Program Ministries Assistant

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

Sarah Stilwell

Sarah Stilwell

IT Coordinator

Angela Tayloe

Angela Tayloe

Finance Manager

Eshinee Veith

Eshinee Veith

Training Coordinator

Josh Wagner

Josh Wagner

Partner Technology Support 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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