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My wife Mary and I have two grown sons and three grandchildren.
I retired in December 2018 from my role as campus chief executive of Concordia University in Ann Arbor, Michigan to return to Wisconsin. I now do national healthcare and higher education consulting through my consulting firm, Gielow Ventures, in Mequon, Wisconsin. In April 2020, I joined the U.S. Foods and Pharmaceuticals as Chief Executive Officer to lead a revialiation of the company and its direct-to-consumers nutraceutical products.
In addition, I am a former hospital executive and international businessman who served 13 years in public office, four of those in the Wisconsin legislature where I chaired the Medicaid reform committee and served as vice-chair of the Wisconsin Health Committee. I have also served as mayor and alderman of my hometown of Mequon, WI.
I grew up in a small town in southern Ilinois.
My wife and I recently celebrated 10 years of marriage and now have two beautiful daughters. I have had the pleasure of visiting the Bethania mission sites in India twice, and have been very impressed by the care and love provided in each of those homes. By God’s grace, I have finished medical training and now have more freedom to both financially and mentally support Bethania’s ministries. whan at play, I enjoy biking with my girls, swimming or rock climbing.
Being born and raised only miles from the site of several Bethania locations, I am familiar with the geography, the climate, and the challenges encountered by the poor families and children of this part of India. Many missionaries from the Zorn family served in India in the 19th and 20th centuries. The opportunity to serve on the Bethania board allows me to pursue the same mission that my ancestors began.
I learned of Bethania from Gene Hennig. We would meet occasionally for lunch and I would hear about the progress of the various projects. It was always and honor to receive a beautiful handwritten “thank you for your contribution: note from Polly Hennig, gene’s mother, early in the history of Bethania. Mrs. Hennig was my teacher for grades one to three. I always look forward to the newsletters to hear of new developments.
My wife Connie and I just recently celebrated our 34 wedding anniversary. We have 3 daughters: Jessica, Laura and Sara who are grown and married with families of their own. My wife, Connie, is a life long educator. I have served as a vicar at Faith Lutheran in Vista, CA, a pastor at Trinity Lutheran in Auburn, NE, campus pastor at Campus Lutheran, University of Nebraska in Kearney, NE and at Prince of Peace Lutheran in Springfield, VA as both associate and senior pastor. I am currently serving as the President for the Southeastern District of the LCMS. Prior to this I served two terms as 1st Vice-President and two terms as secretary for the same body. I have served in multiple roles at the Circuit, District and Synod levels in addition to other ministry organizations. My mother Florene and Polly Hennig were great friends.
I reside in Estes Park, CO with my wife Karen. Our son, David, is a senior at the University of Colorado in Boulder. I have worked in the IT consulting and software industry for many years and am currently working for a small software company that has an office in Hyderabad, India. I have had the opportunity to travel to India for work many times and have seen firsthand the needs of Indian children. Karen and I were introduced to Bethania Kids and Wendy Oesterling by friends at our church, St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal. I recently had the opportunity to visit Bethania Kids Angel Home in Rajahmundry and was inspired to see God’s love at work in the lives of these boys.
My wife, Carol, of 30 years have three twenty-something daughters. Our extended family is in Maryland. My father grew up in India as the son of life-long Lutheran misssionaries. He went to school at the Kodai missionary school and knew the Bethania Kids founders families. I was introduced to Bethnaia Kids by Larry Zimmerman at The Lutheran Church of St. Andrew in Silver Spring MD. With the many changes in my life, (empty nester, career change, father-in-law…) I was happy to be given the opportunity to help expand the mission of Bethania Kids. We have supported the educational roles as both by wife and I are educators. I hope our service will lead to a small fraction of the opportunities we have been given, for those in India.
I reside in Minneapolis with my wife Katie, our young son, Bodie and our new daughter, Jorie. As an actuary, I consult with corporations on the management of their retirement plans. I was introduced to Bethania Kids through the Hennig family and have been a supporter of the organization for several years. I continue to be amazed by the life altering experiences Bethania is providing to God’s children in India.
I am excited to get to know better the work of Bethania Kids and to continue my prayers for the work in India in new ways. In October 1998, I traveled on a Mission Trip to India and met children in classrooms, Bible clubs, villages, and orphanages. I experienced the energy and excitement of these young learners witnessing and listening to the opportunities to nurture and equip them with the Gospel as well as skills to thrive and make a difference. This is the work of Bethania and I look forward to being a part of this important ministry.
I am a gynecologist in Winchester, VA. I first discovered Bethania Kids through my church, Bethel Lutheran Church in Winchester. Bethel Lutheran is very active in the Bethania ministry. My oldest son, Gus, and I were fortunate enough to travel to India with a group from the church in 2014. The trip was transformative, and I have been passionate about this mission ever since. I am excited to see where God leads me in this ministry.
I was born in Tamil Nadu, South India. My parents were missionaries there from 1953-1978. India has and continues to be a big part of my life. India is a beautiful country, and in the middle of this country is a beautiful jewel called Bethania Kids. But there is something even more special about Bethania Kids. It is the jewel that is shining the light of Jesus and providing hope for many children who could imagine little more than begging on the streets or being abused just for being handicapped or outcast. Bethania Kids is a home in India where children are loved and cared for. It’s a home where Jesus is present.
In Matthew 19:14, Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these.”