Keith Johnson, executive director for NovusWay Ministries, has announced that the Rev. Mike Ward (pictured at left) will be changing his work status effective January 1, 2014. For the past 12 years Ward has served first as Development Director and later as VP of Advancement with responsibility for financial development and marketing. Ward will continue to be responsible for marketing on a part-time basis. The change will enable him to serve as a consultant and partner with GSB Associates where he will work with camps and congregations across the country.Ward’s introduction to the ministry was first as a camper at Lutherock in the late 1980’s. It was at Lutherock that he met his wife Hannah and where he discerned his call to ordained ministry. In 1993 and 1994 he served as the Lutherock summer director. Following graduation from Trinity Seminary, Columbus, Ohio, he served as Associate Pastor at St. Marks Lutheran Church, Charlotte prior to becoming Development Director for Lutheridge+Lutherock Ministries where he led the successful Foundations for Faith and The Challenge campaigns.Johnson had this to say about Ward’s changing role; “Mike has done an outstanding job on behalf of the ministry. Much of the success of past capital campaigns is due to his service and his work with marketing has been innovative. We will miss him, but we pray God’s blessing as he begins this new business venture. We’re pleased that he will continue to coordinate marketing on a limited basis.”Ward had this to say about his time with NovusWay; “I love this ministry and will always be connected to it. I feel blessed that I can continue to share in this ministry that is so important for passing on faith even as my call shifts to serve churches and camps across the country.”Johnson went on to say that development efforts will continue undeterred thanks to outstanding and long serving development staff. Libby Bedenbaugh, Sr. Development Associate leads “Standing on the Promise” campaign for Lutheranch and she will be assisted by Pr David Hart, Athens, GA. $1.8 million has been received toward the $4.9 million goal. Pr Jan Setzler, Development Associate also assists with the campaign and he also led the Heritage Campaign that is nearing is $2.13 million goal.
ALL TENNESSEE 2018
122 youth and adults met November 10 & 11 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hixson, Tennessee for All Tennessee. During the event youth from across Tennessee gathered to learn more about the "GODISNOWHERE" theme by participating in different activities throughout Saturday afternoon. Youth looked at where God was through an interactive Stations of the Cross activity, they also got to ask Pastor Ed Myers and Pastor Katherine Museus any question they wanted to ask, they learned about how we can be God's hands in the midst of disasters through the work of Lutheran Disaster Relief and put together hygiene kits for Lutheran World Relief. To finish out their service that day they moved mulch on to the church's playground. Worship started with a group of youth from Christ Kiswahili Lutheran Mission leading in song and during the confession participants were invited to take a piece of string to represent their confession and tie it on nails that formed "GODISNOWHERE" - a powerful way to see that God comes to us in the midst of our brokenness and as we communed together we saw God come once again in the body and blood of Christ. Special thanks to the volunteers of Trinity Lutheran Church for their hospitality and meals, as well as the ALL Tennessee planning team for their hard work putting it all together.