Board of Directors
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The following words from the first chapter of Revelation express the Board’s greetings to you:
Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.
To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father - to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.
The results of the work that SBS has done has had a very positive result in organization and reporting of the Church’s finances. This work along with the following items are some of the tasks that the Board has been working on for the last few months:
• Reorganizing the Call Committee with Rachel Grossman as Chairman
• Approved changes to the Employee Handbook to get coordination between CDC and Church staff regarding Vacation, personal, and sick days
• Approved extending an offer to Pastor Rich Finck to a temporary contract position at Redeemer
• Approved naming Debbie Burgett as Chairman of the Nominating Committee for Board elections in 2017
• Studied and approved policies to insure that the CDC will progress in reaching goals to be able to sustain without reliance on LIFT funds
• Approved the CDC budget for the 2017-2018 school year
The following are just a few of the items the Board is working on now:
• Scholarship funding for the CDC
• Revising insurance coverages for Redeemer
• Revising the Redeemer Bylaws to reflect the inclusion of the CDC
• Updating the Board Policy Manual
• Getting prepared for the annual Congregational meeting
The second in our series of highlighting Board members features Mark Hood, Vice-President and serving in his third and last year of his term. You have probably seen Mark playing bass in the band and also heading up the VBS program the past few years. Mark was born in Cincinnati, Ohio but has lived in the Richmond area for 49
years and has been a member at Redeemer for the last 13 years. He is currently the Branch Manager at Mason McDuffie Mortgage Company. Mark is blessed with a great family that is very important to him including his Mom – Theresa, wife – Cheryl, Son – Raleigh, daughter – Andrea, and new grandson – Maxwell. Here are some words from Mark himself about his role on the Board:
Previous to serving on the BOD at Redeemer, I served six years on the Board for the Urban League of Greater Richmond and two years as Chairman of the Housing Committee. During this time I was exposed to the needs of many in Richmond: homeless, unemployed, needs of the elderly with no family, those recently released from incarceration, lack of education, illiteracy and those who have no support. This experience opened my eyes and heart to the struggles of those within our community. Working as part of a team on the Board, we were able to identify immediate and long term needs and to find solutions working with members of community, local businesses and government agencies. I was also exposed to leaders who openly professed their faith and used it as a guide to better the lives of others.
As a mentor for the VA Department of Corrections for Juvenile offenders, I volunteered for three years to visit and follow a felon offender from incarceration through parole. The pilot program allowed me to use my faith to work with and provide support for someone who had no parental support and was struggling with his place and purpose in life. I learned how blessed I am and my faith grew from my interaction with this young man over a three year period. I ended up on the Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee where I watched, learned and worked with six incredibly dedicated volunteer members whose sole purpose was to make sure that these incarcerated children had a chance at a fulfilling life away from crime upon release.
Both of these experiences allowed me to grow in my faith and work as part of a team dedicated to the service of others.
The future of Redeemer: Redeemer Lutheran Church is blessed with an abundance of talented, dedicated and faithful servants who are on a mission to expand God’s Kingdom. I have seen tremendous changes in my thirteen years as we have expanded our ministry to the community through an ever growing number of volunteers under the leadership of Pastor Matt Bean. I am excited at the possibilities of spreading God’s word through the Child Development Center, Screen on the Green, Mobile Ministry, Vacation Bible School, and Hearts of Service as we build a Community Based Church. God has richly blessed Redeemer.