Golter named new director of LCMS Office of International Mission -
Will oversee global mission outreach
ST. LOUIS, October 28, 2012 — The Rev. Randall L. Golter has joined the staff of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s (LCMS) International Center where he will serve as the first executive director of LCMS’ Office of International Mission. In this position, Golter will oversee all LCMS international ministry staff, programs, projects and activities.
Golter is the former president of the LCMS Rocky Mountain District, where he served the maximum three terms (2003-2012). In that role, he provided ecclesiastical supervision of the pastors and other church workers of some 180 congregations and 70 schools in the district. In addition, he managed a $500,000 fundraising effort for the Lutheran Church in Southern Africa and implemented a new mission effort called “Gospel Gap Paradigm,” which empowers LCMS Rocky Mountain District circuits to oversee outreach within their mission regions. From 2009-2012, Golter also served as the district’s mission executive.
“Randy's experience as a district president brings an invaluable resource to our executive leadership team,” said the Rev. Gregory K. Williamson, the LCMS’ chief mission officer. “I am delighted that God has provided us with his talents and abilities, and I look forward to this added dimension as we shape our mission work and activities.”
The LCMS’ Office of International Mission oversees global mission outreach, church planting, international theological education and worldwide partner church support. Golter will be involved in developing and maintaining LCMS relationships and active mission work already underway in some 90 countries around the world.
Prior to his election as a district president, Golter served as pastor at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Highlands Ranch, Colo. (2001-2003); Grace Lutheran Church, Albuquerque, N.M. (1994-2001); and Trinity Lutheran Church, Wheatland, Wyo. (1985-1994).
Golter earned a Master of Divinity degree in 1984 at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, and is currently working toward a Doctor of Ministry degree from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind.
About The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
The 2.3 million-member Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod is a mission-oriented, Bible-based, confessional Christian denomination headquartered in St. Louis. Through acts of witness and mercy, the church carries out its mission worldwide to make known the love of Jesus Christ. Learn more at www.lcms.org.