Mr. Albers is a 1975 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a BBA in Accounting
and received his CPA Certification in 1978. Jim joined the firm of Brown, Graham &
Company, P.C. in 1975 and was staff accountant from 1975 to 1979. Jim was admitted
as shareholder in 1979. Jims area of specialization is tax and construction industry.
Jim is professionally affiliated with American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
(AICPA) and Texas Society of CPAs (TSCPA).
In addition, he has served on the United Way of Amarillo-Citizens Budget Committee
from 1987-1988, Texas State Board of Public Accountancy Constructive Enforcement Advisory
Committee from 1989-1992, Texas Cattle Feeders Association Insurance Employee Relations
Committee from 1995-1996. Jim is a member of the Rotary Club of Georgetown and served
as president from 1996-1997. Jim and his wife Deborah are members at Zion Lutheran
Church in Walburg, Texas.
Christopher J. Bannwolf
San Antonio, TX
Mr. Christopher Bannwolf serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
of Broadway National Bank. He has served in various positions at Broadway National
Bank since 1984 including Commercial Credit Analyst, Vice President Commercial Lending
Officer, Vice President Investment Analyst and Senior Vice President Investment and
Mr. Bannwolf graduated received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from
the University of Southern California in 1983 and a Master of Business Administration
from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 1987.
Mr. Bannwolf currently serves on the Board of The Salvation Army San Antonio Central
Command and previously was a board member of the Texas Church Extension Fund and Lutheran
High School Association of San Antonio.
Born in Rockford, Illinois, his family moved to Texas in 1973 and his interests include
travel and collector automobiles.
James Cleary, Jr.
Mr. James Cleary, Jr. is a 1992 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law,
member of the Virginia Law Review, and completed his BA from Texas AM University in
1987. He is a partner in the law firm Martin, Disiere, Jefferson Wisdom, L.L.P. in
Houston. He actively represents employers in federal and state court, arbitration
proceedings, and before administrative agencies. In addition, Jim provides counseling
to his clients on these issues, including drafting policies, procedures, and agreements
relating to all phases of employment. He also handles other forms of complex commercial
disputes, both in state and federal courts and in arbitration, as well as prior to
the initiation of litigation.
Jim also provides corporate assistance to clients, including counseling and drafting
relating to company formation and all types of commercial agreements. Jim is Board
Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and
has professional affiliations with the State Bard of Texas and Houston Bar Association.
Jim was named to the Texas Super Lawyers list by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters
business, as featured in Texas Monthly and Texas Super Lawyers magazines (2011-2012).
Jim and his wife Pat are members at Trinity Lutheran Church, Houston, Texas.
Dr. Theodore Crofford
Fort Worth, TX
Dr. Theodore Crofford is a board certified orthopedic surgeon with the Texas Hip and
Knee Center in Fort Worth, Texas and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the
area. Dr. Crofford received his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical
Branch in 1985, completed his internship at St. Paul Hospital in 1986, fellowship
at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in 1992, residency at John Peter Smith
Hospital in 1991 and his undergraduate degree from Valparaiso University in 1981.
While at John Peter Smith Hospital, he was Associate Professor of the Orthopedic Surgery
Training Program. Dr. Crofford has been in practice for over 30 years and has won
a number of awards, including Patients' Choice Award 2012 and Compassionate Doctor
Dr. Crofford currently serves on the Board of Directors of ACH Child and Family Services,
an organization committed to supporting children with unfavorable home environments
and victims of abuse. He has six years of service to the school board and church council
at St. Paul Lutheran Church and School in Fort Worth, where he and his wife Delynn
are members. Dr. Crofford was blessed to marry Delynn Parker Crofford in June 2015.
He and Delynn have seven children his three, two daughters and son, and her four sons.
Mark De Young
Mr. Mark De Young was elected to the Concordia University Texas Board of Regents at
the 2014 LCMS Convention. Mark is a project manager for Dell, Inc. where he is in
charge of purchasing and replacing assets for support staff. Mark attended Concordia
Lutheran College from 1981 to 1983, then transferred to Sam Houston State University
where he received a Bachelor of Science in General Business Administration. He served
in the US Navy for six years and has been working at Dell ever since.
Mark is Vice-Chairman of the Board of Elders for St. Paul Lutheran Church in Austin,
has sung with the Texas Choral Consort and is a member of the Austin Saengerrunde.
Rev. Allen Doering
Pastor Al Doering is Senior Pastor of Christ the King Lutheran Church in Kingwood,
Texas. Pastor Al, a Galveston native, was raised in a family with a long heritage
of serving God through the ministries of the Lutheran church. Of the six Doering children,
Al and one brother followed in the tradition of their grandfather by becoming pastors.
Others in the family, including Als wife, Mary, have been involved in the teaching
ministry. Al attended Concordia Lutheran College in Austin and Concordia College in
After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts, he served as assistant
director of a Lutheran camp in Minnesota for one year. Al received a Master of Divinity
degree from Concordia Seminary St. Louis and was ordained in July 1983.
He accepted his first call as pastor to Faith Lutheran in Craig, Colorado, where he
served seven years. He was called to become Christ the Kings first resident pastor
in August 1990. Pastor Al and his wife Mary have three children: Anna, Ted, and Matthew.
Al relaxes by playing with his children, taking morning jogs with his wife, and each
year, running in a few long-distance races.
Dr. Mary Beth Gaertner
Married to husband, Dean, originally from LaGrange, Texas, for 43 years, and have
two married daughters and 6 beautiful grandchildren - 3 boys and 3 girls. All of them
are at Salem with me every day! Currently serving my 30th year in ministry at Salem
Lutheran School, Tomball, in my 16th year as the Director of Formal Educational Ministries.
Began the Early Childhood Program at Salem in 1981. Taught five years in Texas public
schools and 15 years as adjunct professor for North Harris County Community College
and Sam Houston State University. Grew up in Boardman, Ohio, and a product of public
school education. Completed high school in Boardman and then moved to Houston, Texas.
Graduated as a Speech and Language Pathologist from University of Houston, Sam Houston
State with a Masters in Education and from California Coast University with a Doctorate
in Educational Administration. Dissertation was The Effect of Home Schooling on Lutheran
Schools in Texas. Received Lutheran Colloquy from Concordia Texas in 2007. Received
the National Distinguished Principal Award in 2013 from the National Association of
Elementary School Principals. Authored Way to Go a research-based strategy for developing
a positive relationship with parents in 2011, and currently serve districts and schools
throughout the USA in implementing the strategy.
Currently serving on the LEA Board and just completed serving as a mentor for the
LCMS SLED program.
Mr. Peter Hames
Pete is a 1965 graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy where he earned
a BS in Marine Engineering, a USCG Third Assistants License, and a commission as Ensign
in the US Navy Reserve. He graduated from Adelphi University in 1976 with an MBA.
Pete served three years as an Engineering Officer on Texaco Oil Tankers and then worked
ashore for Texaco Marine Department in a number of positions in engineering, operations,
administration, employee relations, marketing, and quality. Pete retired from Texaco
in 1995 and started Maritime Quality Consultants, Inc. During the next 18 years he
assisted a number of companies implement and maintain Quality, Safety and/or Environmental
Management Systems. In 1976 he was selected to be an Examiner for the Texas Quality
Award. Pete is a lead auditor for an ISO 9000 Registrar and performs external audits
on companies in the Maritime Industry. He closed his consulting business in 2014 so
that he could spend more time on volunteer activities. He is a member of the United
States Power Squadrons a non-profit organization teaching boating safety where he
was Squadron Commander of the Beaumont Power Squadron (1995) and chairman of the National
Leadership Development Committee (2009-2012). Pete is President of Living Savior Lutheran
Church in Montgomery, Texas, sings in the choir and also serves on the Worship and
Long Range Planning Committees. Having lived in a number of states, Pete has been
a Sunday school teacher, choir member, chair of an Endowment Committee, Vice President,
and founding Treasurer of a church preschool and day care center. Pete and his wife
Suzann have a son and daughter and five grandchildren. Daughter Ginger is a 1995 graduate
of CTX with a BA in Early Childhood and Elementary School Education and a Christian
Education Certificate. Since than Pete and Su have followed the development of Concordia
and contributed annually towards its success. They enjoy traveling, lighthouse photography
and spending time with their kids and grandchildren at their home on Lake Conroe.
Rev. Kenneth Hennings
Pastor Ken Hennings is a graduate of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis and has served
as President of the Texas District of The Lutheran Church?Missouri Synod since September
of 2006. Prior to this role, he served fifteen years as the Executive Director, Board
of Mission Administration for the Texas District.
Pastor Hennings pastored parishes in Uvalde and Ft. Worth, Texas. He has served as
the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Lutheran Outdoors Ministry of Texas, and
is a member of The Woltman Foundation.
Rev. Nathaniel W. Hill
Rev. Nate Hill is the pastor of Saint Michaels Lutheran Church in Winchester, Texas.
Following graduation from Concordia University Texas in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts
in Behavioral Sciences, Rev. Hill continued his education at Concordia Seminary in
Saint Louis, Missouri, earning a Master of Divinity in 2012. In addition to his congregational
ministry, Rev. Hill serves the Winchester Area Volunteer Fire Department as their
chaplain and a firefighter.
Rev. Hill also serves on the Texas District Theological Convocation Planning Committee,
is a member of the Lutheran Outdoors Ministry of Texas Board of Directors, and has
previous experience teaching religion courses at CTX on an adjunct basis.
He and his wife, Candice (Bielss) Hill, a CTX alumna herself, have been married since
2009 and have one son, Jack. In his free time, Rev. Hill enjoys cattle raising, hunting,
home brewing, and spending time with his family.
Dr. Max Kiesling
Dr. Max Kiesling is a Director at Ricondo Associates, a consulting firm that specializes
in facility planning, financial planning, and environmental planning for airports
around the world. He has expertise in airport master planning, airfield and airspace
planning, program implementation, and airport facility planning. Prior to joining
Ricondo Associates, Max enjoyed a career at Valero Energy Corporation, where his roles
included oversight of the companys wholesale re-branding initiative, and transportation
logistics planning support. He also served as President of the Valero Volunteer Council.
Max received undergraduate degrees in Architecture and Civil Engineering from Texas
Tech University, a masters degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas
at Austin, and a doctoral degree in Civil Engineering from the University of California
at Berkeley. He served on the Lutheran High School of San Antonio Board of Directors
from 2004-2008 (serving as Chairman in 2007-2008).
Max has been involved with the National Youth Gathering since 2001 as a Community
Life Builder, or as part of the national planning team. He and his wife, Rebekah Bohot
Kiesling, have three daughters: Christiana, Katherine, and Abigail. Max and family
are members of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Plano, Texas.
Raymond L. Kym
Ray Kym is currently retired and spends most of his time as a volunteer, assisting
with family, church, city and neighborhood projects. Prior to retirement, Ray spent
his entire 34 year career with Worth Hydrochem of Houston, Inc. He began as a service
technician in 1979, was promoted to service manager in 1984 and vice president in
1990. He purchased the company in 2000 and sold the business in 2013.
Ray completed his Business Management degree from Hesston College, Hesston, Kansas
in 1979. He has numerous continuing education classes relative to water treatment
Ray is married to Patricia Ann (formerly Patricia Bokenkamp) and they have four children
and one grandchild. Ray and Pat are active members of Salem Lutheran Church, Tomball,
Texas. His service to Salem Lutheran Church includes church elder, chair of Trust
Fund, worship team song leader, water well mission team, and cemetery maintenance
team. Ray provides support to many Texas District, LCMS and community areas Lutheran
Malaria Initiative under LWR, his wife as an LCMS Foundation board member and LINC
Houston board member, LINC Houston in training of Central American Lutheran pastors
and Inner City Mission projects. He also serves as a board member on Powder Mill Estates
Ray enjoys travel, golf, hunting, fishing, singing and hanging out with Redhot.
Dr. Margaret Landwermeyer
Dr. Maggie Landwermeyer completed her Obstetrics and Gynecology residency at the University
of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in 1997. She completed her MD degree at the University
of Texas Health Science Center in Houston in 1993 and her BA in Chemistry from Texas
Tech University in 1989. In 2000, she received board certification from the American
Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Dr. Landwermeyers professional experience includes currently practicing at Hill Country
OB/GYN Associates as a founding partner of A Womens Place from 1997-1999. Her practice
includes general obstetrics, gynecology and infertility with special interest in minimally
invasive surgery utilizing the DaVinci Robot. Her experience includes holding office
of Vice Chief of OB/Gyn Department at South Austin Medical Center (1999-2000), Chief,
OB/Gyn Department at South Austin Medical Center (2000-2001), and Vice Chief of Staff
at Seton Southwest Hospital (2007-2008). Dr. Landwermeyer and her husband Bryan have
been members of Bethany Lutheran Church in Austin since 2001. Her service to the church
includes Kindergarten Sunday school teacher summer 2003, served on Long Range Planning
Committee 2009 and provides life talks to confirmation students covering fetal development
(when does life begin?) and Biblical references about sex (what do God and the Bible
say about sex?) 2010-present.
Ms. Heidi D. Lewis joined Dynegy Inc. in 2005 and currently serves as Vice President
and Group General Counsel with responsibility for managing legal affairs, including
legal services supporting Dynegys corporate areas. Prior to joining Dynegy, Ms. Lewis
served as an associate at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer Feld LLP and King Spalding LLP.
Preceding Ms. Lewis legal career, she served as a Marriage and Family Therapist where
she provided services to at-risk youth and their families in Galveston, Texas. She
received her Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Houston Law Center, Master
of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northern Illinois University and Bachelor
of Science in Human Development from Colorado State University.
Sugar Land, TX
Ms. Noreen Linke, baptized and raised Lutheran, grew up in Bismarck, ND, along with
her husband Scott, whom she married in 1980. She has served the church in many areas:
musician; Evangelism Explosion; Nominating Committee chairman; Parish Planning secretary;
LWML; Sunday School teacher; women's prayer group leader; founder of fellowship groups;
VBS director; youth director; Christmas program director; small group Bible study
leader/treasurer; nursing home/hospital visitation(certified); Braille Bible making;
and Orphan Grain Train. She has organized and attended numerous church conferences
Noreen was very active in Concerned Women for America, serving at the local chapter
level and on the Indiana State Board of Directors. She was responsible for publishing
the Indiana Chapter newsletter, helped organize a national rally, and wrote articles
covering the event. While attending the national conventions in Washington, D.C. she
had opportunity to lobby, do radio interviews, and intern for one day in the office
of U.S. Representative, Steve Buyer. She has volunteered in many capacities in local
schools. Noreen has had diverse employment, the most recent being the Administrative
Assistant for a radiology group. As a personal business, Noreen and Scott owned and
managed nine apartments. Noreen is an active member of Memorial Lutheran Church since
moving to Houston, TX in 2003.
Mr. Chuck Requadt is a native of Bay City, Michigan and has been in the Houston area
since July 1970. Chuck is married to Julie (Krug) Requadt and they have three children
Amy Gress (Houston, TX), Jill Michaud ( Superior, CO) and Charley Requadt presently
in the Dominican Republic serving in the Peace Corps. Chuck has a BS in Marketing
and Management, from Valparaiso University and attended Rice University for continuing
education courses in negotiating strategies. In July 1969, he joined Manitowoc Engineering
Company (Division of The Manitowoc Company) in the marketing department in the crane
division, then moved to Houston in 1970 as Area Manager covering six states. In July
1979, became co-owner of a Manitowoc Crane distributorship, Coastal Equipment.
The company was sold in July 1999 and he turned his attention to more actively extending
the Kingdom through the ministries of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Nassau Bay, TX.
Chucks service to his church includes Board of Directors, Chairman of 2010 Vision
Committee (2000), Chairman of multiple building committees, active in small group
ministry, Serving Beyond ministry, and project manager for renovations (2007). He
has interests in competitive sports (specializing in swimming), competitive sailing
and a strong interest in all types of sailing.
Ms. Cassie Schermbeck currently serves as a Director of Christian Education at Faith
Lutheran Church in Georgetown and has been in DCE ministry since her commissioning
in 1999. She has served in Rockford, IL, Dallas, TX and now Georgetown. Cassie has
served on three National Youth Gathering Planning Committees and two GloryBound planning
teams. Previously Cassie has supervised three DCE Interns, all in the state of Texas,
under both Jim McConnell and Jake Youmans.
At Faith, Cassie is privileged to mentor DCE Fieldworkers as they learn through practical
experience in congregational ministry. Cassie is married to Tim, an LTD teacher currently
teaching in public school in Georgetown, who recently started his own business, Tims
Soap. Cassie and Tim met at Concordia, Seward and they have two children and try to
be active their schools and community. Cassie loves to swim and is participating in
her first triathlon this September.
Rev. Alan Taylor
Pastor Taylor was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. He graduated from the University
of Texas in San Antonio with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree (BBA) in
1981. His field of study was accounting. He worked for eight years with companies
in Houston and San Antonio. Pastor Taylor is a former CPA. He completed the CPA exam
in 1984 and did not renew his license with his career change. In the fall of 1989,
Pastor Taylor and his family moved from San Antonio to Fort Wayne, Indiana to begin
his studies at Concordia Theological Seminary. He was awarded the degree of Master
of Divinity (MDIV) in 1993. He is currently working toward a Ph.D. in Missiology at
Concordia Theological Seminary.
Pastor Taylor was called to serve as pastor at St. John's Lutheran Church, Galveston,
Texas in 1993. Pastor Taylor has served as Circuit Visitor of Circuit 36 for ten years.
Pastor Taylor is married to Dawn (McCarty) Taylor. They have been married since 1978
and have two daughters, Jennifer and Leslie. Jennifer is married to Rev. David Schmidt
and they live in Royal Oak, Michigan. Leslie is married to Christopher Lockett and
they live in Round Rock. Their first grandchild, Luke Wyatt Schmidt, was born to Jennifer
David in 2014. Their second grandchild, Caden Rider Lockett, was born to Leslie and
Chris in 2015.