Mission Advancement Staff Directory

Main Phone: 888-930-4438     Email: Mission.Advancement@lcms.org

Coordination & Accountability

Mark D. Hofman, CFRE, MBA
Executive Director, Mission Advancement & Mission Advocate
Director, Member Engagement (Sustaining Fund) — Interim

Region: Eastern Utah (excluding Salt Lake City), western and southern Colorado (including Colorado Springs), western Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, northern Missouri, eastern Virginia, Maryland, eastern Pennsylvania, eastern New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Alaska (limited/rare travel). 
Direct: 314-996-1315
• mark.hofman@lcms.org
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Laura Bucy
Executive Administrative Assistant
• 314-996-1325
• laura.bucy@lcms.org



Maureen Lenz
Manager, Volunteer Connection 
• 314-996-1629
• maureen.lenz@lcms.org
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Brad Wood
Information Coordinator 
• 314-996-1321
• brad.wood@lcms.org
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Member Engagement (Sustaining Funds)

Brianne Gerzevske, CFRE, M.A.
Manager, Member Engagement




Julie Branson
Gifts by Phone Program Manager
Direct: 314-996-1665
• julie.branson@lcms.org

Ruth Fleming
Gifts by Phone Lead — Day

Diane Moynihan
Gifts by Phone Lead — Evening


Mission Advocates, Foundations, and District/Congregation Relations


Anna Lockwood
Administrative Assistant — Mission Advocates
• Toll Free: 888-930-4438
Direct: 314-996-1672
• anna.lockwood@lcms.org

Michael Butterfield
Mission Advocate
• Deployed in Northern Illinois
Mobile: 708-466-8391
• 314-996-1672 (Anna Lockwood)
• michael.butterfield@lcms.org
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Michael Fischer, CFRE, CDE, M.Ed. 
Mission Advocate & Associate Gift Planning Counselor — LCMS Foundation
• Deployed in Arizona
Mobile: 480-313-5251
• 314-996-1672 (Anna Lockwood)
• michael.fischer@lcms.org
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John Lewis
Senior Mission Advocate and Manager (Interim) of Mission Advocates
• Deployed in Michigan
Mobile: 734-646-0122
• 314-996-1672 (Anna Lockwood)
• john.lewis@lcms.org
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Greg Rommel
Mission Advocate
• Deployed in Texas
Mobile: 314-277-2005
• 314-996-1672 (Anna Lockwood)
• greg.rommel@lcms.org
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Jill Eggemeyer
Program Coordinator — Donor Care & Advocacy
Direct: 314-996-1645
• jill.eggemeyer@lcms.org
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Patty Mainer
Associate Program Coordinator – Donor Care and Advocacy / Program Coordinator — Global Seminary Initiative (GSI)
Direct: 314-996-1661
• patty.mainer@lcms.org

Jennifer Hummel
Program Coordinator — Christ’s Care for Children: Kenya
Associate Program Coordinator — Donor Care and Advocacy
Direct: 314-996-1326
• jennifer.hummel@lcms.org
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Kathy Wakeman
Ascending Roots Membership Coordinator &
Shepherds Staff Membership Coordinator
Toll Free: 888-930-4438
Direct: 314-9961648
• kathy.wakeman@lcms.org
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Amy Scholz
District/Congregation Advocate
• Deployed in Nevada
Mobile: 702-287-5051
Office: 314-996-1672 (Anna Lockwood)
• amy.scholz@lcms.org
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Mary Hamilton
Grants Manager, LCMS Mission Advancement (Outbound Proposals/Reports)
Direct: 314-996-1310
• mary.hamilton@lcms.org
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Brooke Waickman
Research Analyst

Cindy Schwegmann
Research Analyst






Greg Rommel: Texas, Oklahoma, eastern Colorado and Missouri south of I-70.

Mike Butterfield: All of Illinois, Wisconsin and the Twin cities of Minneapolis & St. Paul and suburbs.

Mike Fischer: All of California, Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico

John Lewis: All of Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania.

Pastoral Formation & Care

Opportunities to support the recruitment, formation, professional growth, advanced education/leadership development and care of Lutheran pastors in the LCMS and our international partner churches.

Cindy Simpson, CFRE
Director, Pastoral Formation and Care
• Deployed in Oklahoma
Mobile: 708-638-5565
• cindy.simpson@lcms.org


Julie Loehring
Program Coordinator — LCMS Joint Seminary Fund & Membership Coordinator — Messengers
Direct: 314-996-1019
• julie.loehring@lcms.org
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Missionary Network Care & Support

Chandra Thurman, MBA
Director, Missionary Network Care & Support
Direct: 314-996-1053
• chandra.thurman@lcms.org



Edie Honaker
Administrative Assistant — Missionary Network Care
• 314-996-1323
• edie.honaker@lcms.org

Debbie Feenstra

Membership Coordinator — Together In Mission (Congregations)
Toll Free: 888-930-4438
Direct: 314-996-1651
• debra.feenstra@lcms.org
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Michelle Beckmann
Membership Coordinator — Mission Senders (Individuals/Families)
Toll Free: 888-930-4438
Direct: 314-996-1047
• michelle.beckmann@lcms.org
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Karen Schultz
Missionary Support Coordinator
• Deployed in Minnesota
Direct: 320-379-1096
• karen.schultz@lcms.org


Gary Thies
Missionary and Support Advocate/Mission Development Counselor — Nebraska & Iowa-West Districts
Website: Mission Central — Mapleton, Iowa
• Deployed in Iowa
Direct: 712-251-1264
• gary.thies@lcms.org
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Rev. Dr. Brent Smith
Missionary and Support Advocate/Mission Development Counselor — Nebraska, Kansas & Iowa-West Districts
Website: Mission Central — Mapleton, Iowa
• Deployed in Omaha, Neb.
Direct: 703-713-2851
• brent.smith@lcms.org
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Pam Kovarna
Administrative Assistant
Mission Central — Mapleton, Iowa
Direct: 712-882-1029
• pam.kovarna@lcms.org


Campaigns and Special Initiatives

Martha Mitkos
Director, Campaigns and Special Initiatives & Mission Advocate
Region: Washington, Oregon, North Idaho, Montana
Direct: 314-996-1322
Mobile: 618-520-5445
• martha.mitkos@lcms.org


Gift Receipting, Records-keeping and Database Management

Ann LoweryAnn Lowery
Manager, Gift and Database Operations
Direct: 314-996-1673



Pam Hassler, Constituent Information Database Administrator
Tina Boswell
, Gift Processing Specialist
Kelly Cook, Gift Processing Specialist
Brooke Sparks, Gift Processing Specialist


Jenna Koch
Gift Receipting Coordinator
• Donor Care Line — Gift Receipts


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