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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 and our young son, Bodie. 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.”
About 10 years ago I traveled to India for the first time with David Granner. This was a defining moment for me in my faith walk. I committed myself during this trip to do everything I could to help the children in Bethania Kids. I have gone to India each year for the past ten years or have sent a team from my church, St. John’s Lutheran. I pray for the lost in India, that the kids will marry and that India will become a Christian Nation, one child and one family at a time.
I thank my wife for allowing me the blessing to go to India to see my dear children, despite the difficulties she faces with my son’s needs when I go. God has called me to go and care for the children of India!
Bethania was first introduced to me when I was a child. My mother recruited my siblings and me to fold Bethania newsletters on our dining room table. As a sophomore in high school, I spent one semester studying at Kodaikanal International School. Fourteen years later, I was able to return to India and witness the growth of the Bethania Kids Ministries.
Of the transition to President, Kate writes:
With God’s help I look forward to an exciting, productive year in 2019. Our new Shalom Home is being designed and expected to move forward in the next few months. This would not be possible without your generous support, and for that we humbly thank you. Several qualitative initiatives are underway in India including medical records, mental health, conversational English, alumni outreach, and career development. In the U.S. we are also making an important internal change to our donor management database systems, which promise to greatly improve the effectiveness of our donor relations and record keeping. These are just a few of the projects that our dedicated staff and board members will pursue. As always, signigicant funds are needed to maintain our mission operations. We will pray and press towards these goals. Please partner with us!
Susan and I are lifelong Lutherans, and our first introduction to Bethania Kids was in Laurel MD with Our Savior Lutheran Church. At that time, OSLC supported the construction of Bethania’s first ministry facility. OSLC and our family have been supporters since then and are pleased to be in Service to our Lord, who works through us in to the Ministries in Bethania Kids. I am amazed where God has guided and blessed Bethania Kids for the last 26 years. I am glad to be working with our Brothers and Sisters in India who nurture, educate, care for, and bring the love of Christ into their lives. There is no more noble cause.