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. Jim’s area of specialization is tax and construction industry.
Jim is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
and Texas Society of CPAs (TSCPA). Jim is a member of the Rotary Club of Georgetown
and past president. Jim and his wife, Deborah, are members at Zion Lutheran Church
in Walburg, Texas. Jim is currently treasurer of Zion Lutheran Church and serving
on the building committee.
With more than 36 years of experience in public accounting, Quentin provides tax,
accounting, and consulting services to small businesses, governmental entities (including
Texas school districts), construction companies, financial institutions, and not-for-profit
entities. In addition, he provides services in the areas of employee benefit plan
audits, federal single audits, and reviews and compilations.
Quentin is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA),
the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA), and a past president of
the Rio Grande Valley Chapter of the TSCPA. He is a returning member of the Board
of Regents for Concordia University Texas. Within the community, Quentin is treasurer
of the Harlingen Boys and Girls Club, a past chairman of St. Paul Lutheran School’s
Board of Education, a graduate of Leadership Harlingen, and a past president of the
North Harlingen Rotary Club.
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 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 Advisory Board of The Salvation Army San Antonio
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 graduate of Texas A&M University and the University of
Virginia School of Law. He is a partner in the law firm Martin, Disiere, Jefferson
& Wisdom, L.L.P. in Houston.
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 two daughters and son, and her four sons.
Dr. Mary Beth Gaertner
Mary Beth is married to husband, Dean, originally from LaGrange, Texas. They have
been married 46 years and have two married daughters and 6 beautiful grandchildren-
3 boys and 3 girls! The oldest grandson just graduated from high school, and the youngest
granddaughter will be attending kindergarten at Salem!
Mary Beth is currently serving her 39th year in ministry at Salem Lutheran School,
Tomball, and is in her 20th year as the Director of Formal Educational Ministries.
She began the Early Childhood Program at Salem in 1981. Mary Beth taught five years
in Texas public schools, and was an adjunct professor for both North Harris County
Community College (now known as Lone Star College) and Sam Houston State University.
She grew up and graduated high school in Boardman, Ohio, and is a product of public
schools. Mary Beth graduated from the University of Houston as a Speech and Language
Pathologist, from Sam Houston State with a Master’s Degree in Education, and from
California Coast University with a doctorate in Educational Administration. Her dissertation
was “The Effect of Home Schooling on Lutheran Schools in Texas.”
Mary Beth received a Colloquy from Concordia Texas in 2007, the 1000th Colloquy graduate!
She led her school to National Blue Ribbon status in 2007, exemplary accreditation
status in 2014 and earned the prestigious recognition as a National Distinguished
School by the NLSA
(National Lutheran School Accreditation) in 2018. In 2013, she was awarded the National
Distinguished Principal award from the National Association of Elementary School Principals.
In 2011, she authored “Way to Go,” a research-based strategy for developing a positive
relationship with parents, and currently serves Lutheran Districts and public school
districts in the USA, Canada and Japan, with implementing the strategy.
Mary Beth currently serves on the Board for Concordia Lutheran High School, Tomball,
Upbring, and LEA. She serves as a mentor to new principals within the Texas District,
and as a mentor for the LCMS Schools as a past mentor and a presenter for SLED (School
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 then, 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. Nathaniel W. Hill
Rev. Nate Hill is the pastor of Saint Michael’s 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
and has previous experience teaching religion courses at CTX on an adjunct basis.
He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degree through Concordia Seminary.
Rev. Hill and his wife, Candice (Bielss) Hill, a CTX alumna herself, have been married
since 2009 and have two sons, Jack and Carter. In his free time, Rev. Hill enjoys
cattle raising, hunting, kayaking, fishing, and spending time with his family.
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. Landwermeyer is a founding partner of Hill Country OB/Gyn Associates where she
has been practicing since 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)
and currently serving as Vice Chief of OB/Gyn Department at St David's South Austin
Medical Center. 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
Ms. Heidi D. Lewis serves as the Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
of Target Hospitality Corp. (NASDAQ:TH). In this role, she is responsible for leading
the company’s legal, compliance, human resources, safety, and corporate secretary
functions. Ms. Lewis joined Target Hospitality in January 2019. She has eighteen years
of legal experience in capital markets and securities, IPOs, mergers and acquisitions,
board advisement, corporate governance, and corporate law. Prior to joining Target
Hospitality, she was Corporate and Commercial Counsel and Assistant Secretary at Bristow
Group Inc. (NYSE:BRS) in 2018, where she executed on M&A, governance, capital markets
and corporate transactions. Prior to that, Ms. Lewis was the Vice President, Group
General Counsel and Assistant Secretary at Dynegy Inc. (NYSE: DYN) (now Vistra Energy
Group (NYSE:VST)), from 2013 until 2018, where she led the company’s corporate legal
group with her expertise in SEC and NYSE regulations and requirements. Ms. Lewis began
her legal career at King & Spalding LLP and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld 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. Ms. Lewis holds
a Juris Doctorate from the University of Houston Law Center, a Master’s degree from
Northern Illinois University and a Bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University.
Carol Mueller is currently the Head Principal of Redeemer Lutheran School in Austin,
Texas. She has served in that position since 2015, after having served Redeemer as
a middle school teacher. Carol graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Concordia College
in River Forest, Illinois and went on to receive her Masters in Elementary Administration
from Concordia College in Seward, Nebraska.
Carol and her husband, David (who currently serves as principal of St. Paul Lutheran
School in Thorndale), have two sons, two daughters-in-law and several adorable grandchildren.
Rev. Michael W. Newman
San Antonio, TX
Michael Newman has been a pastor since 1987 and currently serves as President of the
Texas District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.
Before his current mission work, he served congregations in Texas, Minnesota, and
the Chicago area. His latest books are: “Gospel DNA: Five Markers of a Flourishing
Church,” and “Hope When Your Heart Breaks: Navigating Grief and Loss.”
In 1983 Pastor Newman received his B.A. degree from Concordia University, Ann Arbor,
Michigan, majoring in Philosophy and Biblical Languages. He received his Masters
of Divinity degree from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri in 1987.
He has been married to Cindy since 1983. They have been blessed with two wonderful
daughters and their families. In his spare time you might catch him hanging out with
his family, running a few miles on the Texas roads, or enjoying a good book.
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.
Chuck’s 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.
Rev. Stephen Sohns
Dr. Stephen Sohns is the husband of Ursula, the father of three sons (Aaron, Ben (wife
Jessica) and David). His family roots go back to central Texas through parents W.J.
and Lyn Sohns. He has been the pastor of Resurrection Lutheran in Spring since April
of 1990 after previously serving a dual parish in Manchester/Delaware Iowa from his
graduation in 1984. Dr. Sohns has a passion for those who are disconnected from Jesus
and has been privileged to work with Texas Board for Missions, Board for LINC Houston,
and part of the Evangelism committee for Iowa District East.
He has served recently as a circuit visitor in Texas before his election to the board
of Regents for Concordia University of Texas. Personal joy has been in serving on
mission teams to Peru, Mexico, El Salvador, India and Belize. Being a part of PLI
and currently serving as a coach and mentor for PLI Leadership Essentials has provided
an opportunity to see the growth of leaders for mission in the LCMS. Being able to
help oversee a new church plant in the Spring/Woodlands area with other Lutheran Churches
is a learning and mission experience. Dr. Sohns looks forward to using his board
experience to help aid Concordia Texas in building Christian leaders who are impacting
their world and Community.
Dr. Bob Ssekyanzi was born and raised in Uganda (East Africa). From 1975 to 1988,
he worked for the Uganda government in the Department of Transportation as a senior
Accounting Executive Supervisor. In 1988, he migrated to the United States.
Dr. Ssekyanzi graduated from LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas with a Bachelor's
degree in Business Management in 2007, and went on to earn a Master's degree in Business
Administration and Management in 2010. He graduated from Jones International University,
Centennial, Colorado, with a Doctorate in Business Administration and a minor in Supply-Chain
management in 2014.
From January 1990 to December 2014, he was employed by Alcon Research, Inc., where
he worked in different departments until retirement from the company in December 2014.
After retiring from Alcon Research, Inc., he worked for Kroger Texas LP as an inventory
control specialist. In 2015, Dr. Ssekyanzi founded a consulting company focused on
areas of supply-chain management, inventory control, import and export, vendor selection,
and other areas of start-up business operation. Dr. Ssekyanzi is a Texas commissioned
Notary Public, providing Notary Public services, Loan Notary signing services, and
business plan consulting.
Dr. Ssekyanzi is married to Anna Kavugha. They have two daughters, Rehema Kavugha
and Brenda Nabasumba, and one son Bob Ssekyanzi Jr., who still lives in Uganda with
his wife, Penny. The Ssekyanzi’s have three grandchildren.
Dr. Ssekyanzi and his wife served on the Memorial Lutheran Church Board of Fellowship
from 1992 to 1997. In 2014, he was appointed to serve on the Memorial Lutheran Church
Board of Elders where he continues to serve.
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
and David in 2014. Their second grandchild, Caden Rider Lockett, was born to Leslie
and Chris in 2015.
Tom Zachman retired from the Fluor Corporation in 2010 as a Senior Vice President
having spent his entire 36-year career there designing and managing numerous industrial
refining and power projects in both domestic and international locations. As Senior
Vice President, he was responsible for project execution of energy and chemicals projects
in all of Fluor’s North American offices.
Tom is a 1974 graduate of Texas Tech University with a BS degree in Civil Engineering
and is a registered professional engineer (inactive) in Texas. In 2008, he was named
Distinguished Engineer in the Whitacre College of Engineering at Texas Tech and currently
serves as an emeritus member on the Dean’s Council. He previously served on the board
of directors of the Lamar Educational Awards Foundation for the Lamar Consolidated
ISD in Richmond and Rosenberg, Texas.
Currently, Tom is president of the congregation of Christ Lutheran Church in Lubbock.
He was a lay delegate to the Texas District convention in 2018, and previously has
served in various church roles. He was born in Wichita, Kansas, graduated from high
school in Fort Worth and has lived in Texas ever since. Tom and his wife, Joyce,
have three grown children and four grandchildren. He enjoys the outdoors, coin collecting