Pastor Matt Shields is an ordained LCMC pastor currently serving a congregation in central IL. He and his wife served in South Africa in 2008-09 and 2014. In 2014, with their first child, they lived in northern South Africa helping to plant a church that is still thriving today. Pastor Shields is also in the Augustana District of the LCMC and serves as part of their Board of World Missions. He loves spending time with his wife and three daughters, camping, woodworking, and traveling the world.
Emily Wilson serves as the Public Relations Coordinator for Lutheran Bible Translators. She is enthusiastic about sharing with churches, individuals, and organizations about the impact of Bible translation.
Phil Burney Has been a part of the Mission Team at Christ the King Lutheran Church, Dodge City, KS, since it formed in 1999, and the chairman of the team much of that time. He is a retired postal worker, and previously served on the Board of ALWM.
Jackie (Corlett) Johnson designs artisanal textiles and crafts in Bangladesh since 1989 and runs her Business as Mission venture, Motifhandmade.com, since '98. Through WMPL friends she met Jay Johnson in 2001, and they wed in '03. Jackie's now grafted into the WMPL family and happily serves as secretary on the board.
Ryan Warne-McGraw has been a Pastor of Outreach and Global Missions at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church since 2006. He started doing mission work as a teenager in Oregon, and now enjoys helping others to participate in short-term missions. Ryan’s wife, Nicole, and three daughters have all been in the mission field together.
Van Phan has served as part-time project manager for ALWM for their Vital Links ministry in Vietnam since 2005. He is also a teacher and translator. He and his wife, Thuy, and their children, Peter and Anna, live in Ho Chi Minh City.
Dr. Mike Rodewald, Executive Director of Lutheran Bible Translators, was a missionary in Liberia (1981-87) before pursuing graduate studies in the U.S., where he met his wife, Cindy (who was also preparing to serve in Bible translation). They served in Liberia, then later served for 15 years with the Kalanga Bible translation project in Botswana. Mike has a Ph.D. in missiology from Concordia Theological Seminary.
Pich Chim (Pastor Sam) is the leader of LCMC Cambodia. Born in a Buddhist family, he became a Christian in 1987. In 1992 (age 16), he began to preach and plant churches with his father. He splits his time between Cambodia and Canada, where his wife and two sons reside.
Karen Dorfmeyer has served at her church for many years as a leader and a teacher. She has a passion for children’s ministry and missions. Karen has participated in seven short-term mission trips to Hong Kong and to the countries of Haiti, Russia, Latvia and Viet Nam.