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Philip Krauss II of Westland, Michigan
Elected as Vice Chair: 2012; Re-elected: 2013
Assumed Chair: 2013; Re-elected: 2014; Term Expires: 2016
Married and the father of two, Krauss earned degrees from Adrian College (Adrian, Mich.) and Marygrove College (Detroit). He is program developer at Marygrove College where he had been director of enrollment. Krauss also was a bank loan representative. He has experience administratively in finance, recruitment, counseling, and admissions. Krauss was an LLL regional governor and committee chair and held several posts such as district chair and board secretary. Now he is an Ambassador and Men's NetWork group leader.

Vice Chair

Phillip Johnson of Maplewood, Minnesota
Elected as Director: 2012
Assumed Vice Chair: 2013; Re-elected: 2015; Term Expires: 2017
Johnson graduated as a director of Christian outreach from Concordia, St. Paul and later earned his M.A. in nonprofit management and Ph.D. in leadership and organizational change. He served congregations in Nebraska and Colorado as a DCO, then returned to Concordia to teach outreach and coordinate the DCO program. He was awarded the 2006 Master DCO Award from the Lutheran Educators Association. He joined the staff of the Minnesota South District of the LCMS in 2013 as assistant to the president for mission formation. Married and the father of four, he served as vice chair of the Lutheran Society for Missiology.


Janice Wendorf of Grafton, Wisconsin
Elected: 2012; Re-elected: 2014
Term Expires: 2017
Completing her final term as LWML president last year, Wendorf is married (mother of three) and has attended LLL conventions. She is a graduate of Concordia Teacher's College, River Forest, Ill. (now Concordia University Chicago). Besides positions in the LWML, Wendorf was on the board of regents at Concordia University, Ann Arbor, Mich., and an advisory member to the LCMS Board for Mission Services. She has been featured on radio station KFUO, Clayton, Mo., and has volunteered for several societies.


Paul Pettit of Lincoln, Nebraska
Elected: 2013
Term Expires: 2016
Married and the father of two, Pettit earned a degree in administration/accounting (C.P.A.) at the University of Nebraska (Lincoln). Currently he is LCMS Nebraska District treasurer and vice president of the district's Lutheran Church Extension Fund. He has been active in local church positions (Stephen Ministry, assimilation, and Sunday school). He has experience in financial management, budgets, property, personnel, and computer systems for Goodwill and the Boy Scouts of America.

Pastoral Advisor

Rev. Timothy Klinkenberg of Orange, California
Married and the father of two, Reverend Timothy M. Klinkenberg has been ordained for over 21 years and currently serves as senior pastor at St. John Lutheran Church in Orange, Ca. He received his Bachelors of Arts degree from Concordia College, St. Paul. Throughout college, he discerned a call to ministry and after graduation began attending Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. Pastor Klinkenberg's gifts include evangelism, preaching, teaching and the ministry of generosity. He is a capable counselor and many within and beyond the walls of St. John's consider him as a resource. He is a mission-oriented leader focused clearly on his stated purpose to Connect, Grow, Share!


(listed in alphabetical order)

Londa Borer-Skov of Sacramento, California
Elected: 2012; Re-elected: 2013
Term Expires: 2016
Borer-Skov earned degrees from Concordia College, Seward, Neb., and Wayne State University (Detroit). She was employed by California State University in Sacramento as a chemistry professor, retiring in 2008. Married, Borer-Skov served on the Foundation Board at Concordia University Irvine and is very active as a leader in the LWML. Named educator of the year by Concordia University Seward in 2000, she was on LHM tours to five countries. She also spent six weeks on a mission trip to Brazil.

Jack Ficken of Fairview, Tennessee
Elected: 2012; Re-elected: 2015
Term Expires: 2018
Ficken (married, father of two) has been a financial associate with Thrivent since 1995. He earned his degree from the University of Missouri and was executive vice president of a non-profit association, where he concentrated on strategic planning, fundraising/budgeting, membership growth and convention planning and implementation. Currently an LHM Ambassador, Ficken’s previous church-related involvement includes serving as an LLL district president, on the board for the Mid South LCMS district and as past president and elder for his congregation. He has received numerous industry and Thrivent awards for sales and service.

Richard Gast of Mission Viejo, California
Elected: 2012; Re-elected: 2014
Term Expires: 2017
Gast is president of Richard Gast & Associates LTD., Irvine, Calif., and is married (father of three). His degree is in business administration (attended the University of Wisconsin and Madison Business College, Madison). For 22 years he has co-chaired the Petal Pushers associated with the Lutheran Hour Float Committee of which he is general chair. He was a member-at-large for the Int'l LLL. Among honors is the 1997 Aquila Award from Concordia Publishing House as volunteer of the year.

Gretchen Jameson of Brookfield, Wisconsin
Elected: 2015
Term Expires: 2017
Jameson is vice president for strategy, culture and external relations for Concordia University, Inc. (Wisconsin and Ann Arbor), providing leadership to engage all constituencies in the sustained pursuit of the vision established by the president and board. She previously was principal/owner of purePR, corporate communications director for Concordia Publishing House, associate director of youth ministry for the LCMS and a secondary educator. Married (mother of two), Jameson earned degrees from Concordia University Nebraska and Webster University. Her numerous awards include Concordia's 2010 Young Alumna of the Year and the 2012 Emerging Young Professional Award from the Athena Foundation for Leadership.

Kay Meyer of St. Louis, Missouri
Elected: 2012; Re-elected: 2015
Term Expires: 2018
Meyer is founder and president of Family Shield Ministries and host of Family Shield, its weekly radio program. She is a popular speaker/author on family life, spiritual nurture, apologetics and learning to witness. Sample books include: Witnessing-A Lifestyle; Teaching Your Children Christian Values; and Mission Field on Our Doorstep: Jehovah's Witnesses. Meyer has more than 35 years of evangelism, family ministry, development, public relations and strategic planning experience. Married (three children and three grandchildren), she has an undergraduate degree in education and a master’s degree in media communications from Webster University in St. Louis.

Leonard Pranschke of St. Louis, Missouri
Appointed Director: 2013; Re-elected: 2014
Term Expires: 2017
Pranschke has 38 years of law practice and is currently an attorney with Spencer, Fane, Britt & Browne in Clayton, Missouri, specializing in legal counsel to a variety of tax-exempt nonprofit organizations. He has been honored among the "Best Lawyers in America, nonprofit/charities" for the past five years, including being awarded the Lawyer of the Year, nonprofit/charities, 2014. He holds a B.A. in German from Valparaiso University and a J.D. in Law from the Valparaiso University School of Law. Pranschke is a member of the St. Louis, MO and American Bar Associations, as well as several other organizations. He is the father of five sons.

Andreas Schwabe of Edmonton, Alberta
Elected: 2012; Re-elected: 2014
Term Expires: 2017
Schwabe attended Concordia University College of Alberta and Northern Alberta Institute of Technology with a major in English. Since 2008 he has been aide to the president of Concordia College of Alberta with special emphasis on public relations. Married, and a former reporter, instructor, and radio producer, Schwabe is active in his congregation as an elder and communion assistant. He has produced radio albums, done freelance productions, and is a frequent commentator and guest on local and regional radio programs.

Weldon Schwiebert of Westland, Michigan
Elected: 2012; Re-elected: 2015
Term Expires: 2018
A graduate of Weaver Airline Training School (Kansas City, Mo.), Schwiebert is married and was a customer service agent with U.S. Airways in Detroit for more than 40 years. A current LHM Ambassador, he is a former LLL governor, district president, district manager and committee chairman. Locally he has been Lutheran Brotherhood branch president, chair of the board for Lutheran Homes of Michigan and president of a Thrivent chapter. Schwiebert is on his congregation’s finance board, serves as stewardship chairman and is also a Church Extension Fund representative following previous stints as vice president, secretary and elder.

Richard Sindlinger of York, Pennsylvania
Elected: 2012; Re-elected: 2013
Term Expires: 2016
Retired with the International Union of United Auto Workers, Sindlinger previously was a die maker and a missionary in Liberia. Married and the father of two, he was an LLL district president and chaired the LLL presidents' meeting. Sindlinger has been a congregational Ambassador since 1970 and an Ambassador coordinator since 2005. He served the local congregation in various posts, including president and deacon. He volunteered with an LLL work team in response to rebuilding New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

William Snow of Watertown, South Dakota
Elected: 2012; Re-elected: 2013
Term Expires: 2016
Snow has an earned degree in mathematics from South Dakota State College, Brookings, S.D., and is married (father of five). He worked his way to operations auditor of Mobil Oil Corporation, New York, being with the company since 1960. He serves the LLL as regional governor and had been a district president and vice president. Locally Snow held several offices including congregational chair, elder, and treasurer. He was honored by the local Cosmopolitan Club as member of the year.

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