Our Board

 

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Rev. Mark Lobitz
President
Rev. Cliff Haberstock
Vice-President
Cathy Weger
Treasurer
Curtis Schafer
 Secretary
Joyce Lobitz
Financial Secretary
Mission Education & Communications
Katie Drung
Mission Education & Communications
Jeremy Drung
Ministry & Projects
Rev. Roland Syens
Pastoral Advisor

Each year we conduct an Annual General Meeting at which our members and supporters elect the Board of Directors. These men and women are volunteers, keenly interested in seeing the support we receive from donors flourish and thereby grow God’s mission throughout the world. We seek nominations in the fall of each year. These volunteers, with the assistance of some other committee members, carry out all the work of the society. We have no paid staff, and work hard at keeping operational costs to a minimum. If we receive funds designated for a mission project, we do not deduct anything for operational expenses; the entire amount is sent on to the project. Operational expenses are primarily covered by donations specified for operations, with small amounts occasionally required from funds directed to “wherever needed.”

CLMS team
Rev. Mark Lobitz, Water Valley AB

It is a blessing and a challenge to work together in other countries and in Canada with our partners in mission as Friends in Christ. I have traveled to Ukraine to teach at the seminary and have made two trips to Nicaragua to present seminars for the church workers at the Mission Centre in Chinandega.

Rev. Cliff Haberstock, Edmonton AB

When I retired eleven years ago, I wondered how I might serve our Lord in a useful way. God opened the way by recruiting me into the Concordia Lutheran Mission Society—what a wonderful agency of our church. Over the years I have served in a number of CLMS board positions. CLMS is still at the heart of my interest and financial support.

Cathy Weger, Calgary AB

I am happy to be a part of the CLMS board in the position of Treasurer. I bring experience in accounting for not for profit organizations and I am pleased to be able to use my experience for such a worthwhile cause. I have completed one mission trip myself to Nicaragua so have seen first hand the great work that can be done when the proper resources are provided. I look forward to working with CLMS for the next few years.

Curtis Schafer, Kitchener ON

My wife and I and our two boys attend Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Kitchener, Ontario. I have been involved directly in only a small number of local missions, but have a great love for and interest in mission work generally. My service on the Board of CLMS allows me to support both the care for people and the proclamation of the Gospel in various areas of the world.

Joyce Lobitz, Water Valley AB

Blessed by six mission trips to Nicaragua, I am honored to serve CLMS and learn about the work done in Canada to provide the spiritual and physical needs of the church in Central America and throughout the world.  Galatians 6:9-10 says, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.  Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”

Katie Drung, London ON

I am excited to be part of CLMS, as I have personally witnessed the impact that mission outreach has on both local and global communities. It is such a blessing to share in the joy of Jesus by serving Him through the work that CLMS does.

Jeremy Drung, London ON

After having the opportunity to serve on mission trips to Nicaragua and Ukraine, I have seen firsthand the wonderful work that God is doing through organizations such as CLMS. I am honoured to use my talents in new ways to continue to further God’s work around the world.

Rev. Roland Syens, Vancouver BC

I am excited to serve on the CLMS board because I know what it is like to be on the receiving end of CLMS project support and have seen how much difference even a little bit can make in changing circumstances in people’s lives now and for eternity.  What a joy it is to know that you can make a difference in moving God’s kingdom forward as your gifts are used to share the Gospel.