Coordination & Accountability

Mark D. Hofman, B.S. Ed., MBA
Executive Director, Mission Advancement & Mission Advocate
Interim Director – Pastoral Formation & Care Opportunities

  • 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). 
  • Contact: Direct: 314-996-1315   Email:

Laura Bucy
Executive Administrative Assistant

  • Contact: 314-996-1325   Email:

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Member Engagement (Sustaining Funds)

Brianne GerzevskeBrianne Gerzevske, CFRE, M.A.
Assistant Executive Director

  • Contact: Direct: 314-996-1045   Email:

Julie Branson
Gifts by Phone Program Manager

  • Contact: Direct: 314-996-1665   Email:

Brad WoodBrad Wood
Information Coordinator 

  • Contact: Direct: 314-996-1321   Email:

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Mission Advocates, Foundations, and District/Congregation Relations

John Lewis
Assistant Executive Director & Mission Advocate

  • Region: All of Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania
  • Contact: Mobile: 734-646-0122   Email:

Anna Lockwood
Administrative Assistant — Mission Advocates

  • Contact: Toll-free: 888-930-4438   Direct: 314-996-1672   Email:

Michael Butterfield
Mission Advocate

  • Region: All of Wisconsin, and Northern Illinois.
  • Contact: Mobile: 708-466-8391   Email:


Michael Fischer, CFRE, CDE, M.Ed. 
Mission Advocate & Associate Gift Planning Counselor — LCMS Foundation

  • Region: All of California, Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico
  • Contact: Mobile: 480-313-5251   Email:


Shane Smithson
Mission Advocate

  • Contact: Mobile: 314-974-8508   Direct: 314-996-1693   Email:


Greg Rommel
Mission Advocate

  • Region: Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi
  • Contact: Mobile: 314-277-2005   Email:


David Fiala
Mission Advocate

  • Region: All of Minnesota, Iowa East, Central and Southern Illinois
  • Contact: Mobile: 314-278-9750  Email:


Jill Eggemeyer
Program Coordinator — Donor Care & Advocacy

  • Contact: Direct: 314-996-1645   Email:


Patty Mainer
Associate Program Coordinator – Donor Care and Advocacy / Program Coordinator — Global Seminary Initiative (GSI)

  • Contact: Direct: 314-996-1661   Email:


HummelJennifer Hummel
Program Coordinator — Christ’s Care for Children: Kenya
Associate Program Coordinator — Donor Care and Advocacy

  • Contact: Direct: 314-996-1326   Email:


Alyssa Gaterman
Associate Program Coordinator — Donor Care and Advocacy

  • Contact: Direct: 314-996-1731   Email:


Kathy Wakeman
Ascending Roots Membership Coordinator & Shepherds Staff Membership Coordinator

  • Contact: Toll-free: 888-930-4438   Direct: 314-996-1648   Email:


Amy Scholz
District/Congregation Advocate

  • Region: Deployed in Nevada
  • Contact: Mobile: 702-205-6644   Email:


Mary Hamilton
Manager, Grants and Foundations

  • Contact: Direct: 314-996-1310   Email:


Information Analysis and Advocate Support

  • Cindy Schwegmann, Analyst

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Missionary Network Care & Support

Chandra Thurman, MBA
Director, Missionary Network Care & Support

  • Contact: Direct: 314-996-1053   Email:


Edie Honaker
Administrative Assistant — Missionary Network Care

  • Contact: Direct: 314-996-1323   Email:


Julie Loehring
Membership Coordinator — Together In Mission (LCMS congregations and organizations giving or pledging financial support for official LCMS missionaries)

  • Contact: Toll-Free: 888-930-4438, ext. 1651    Direct: 314-996-1651   Email:


Michelle Beckmann
Membership Coordinator — Mission Senders (Individuals and families giving or pledging financial support for official LCMS missionaries)

  • Contact: Toll-Free: 888-930-4438, ext. 1047    Direct: 314-996-1047   Email:


Gary Thies
Missionary and Support Advocate/Mission Development Counselor


Pam KovarnaPam Kovarna
Administrative Assistant Mission Central — Mapleton, Iowa

  • Contact: Direct: 712-882-1029    Email:


Sonya SextonSonya Sexton
Administrative Assistant (part-time) Mission Central — Mapleton, Iowa

  • Contact: Direct: 712-882-1029    Email:

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Campaigns and Special Initiatives

Martha (Mitkos) Dahlke
Director, Campaigns and Special Initiatives & Mission Advocate

  • Region: Washington, Oregon, North Idaho, Montana
  • Contact: Direct: 314-996-1322   Mobile: 618-520-5445   Email:

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Gift Receipting, Records-keeping and Database Management

Ann LoweryAnn Lowery
Manager, Gift and Database Operations

  • Contact: 314-996-1673


  • Pam Hassler, Constituent Information Database Administrator
  • Ginger Reese, Gift Processing Specialist
  • Brooke Sparks, Gift Processing Specialist
  • Jenna Koch, Gift Receipting Coordinator


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