Schave named associate executive director, LCMS Office of International Mission

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Rev. Steven D. Schave

ST. LOUIS, June 7, 2013—The Rev. Steven D. recently began serving as associate executive director at The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) Office of International Mission (OIM).

Schave will assist in the development and implementation of the OIM’s strategic plan and the development and management of relationships with LCMS entities and related organizations, including mission societies, Recognized Service Organizations and current and emerging church partners. Day-to-day responsibilities include supervising OIM operations, providing general oversight of all OIM domestic and international staff, and connecting with the ministry and service units based at the LCMS International Center in St. Louis to ensure integration and tactical execution of OIM programs.

“Once, again, God has blessed us with a wonderful addition,” said the Rev. Gregory K. Williamson, LCMS chief mission officer. “Steve is a most welcome addition to our OIM team. He brings a host of gifts that will enhance our ability to perform our mission effectively and efficiently in witness, mercy, and our life together.”

Before joining the staff of the OIM, Schave served as pastor for revitalization at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Cincinnati, Ohio; a position he was called to in 2008. Previously he served a call as mission developer and pastor at Christ Lutheran Church, Perry, Ga., from 2005-2008.

Also, Schave served as an adjunct professor in the College of Business at Indiana Institute of Technology, Fort Wayne (2002-2005); director of business systems at University of Toledo (2001-2002); business systems division group leader at Matrix Technologies, Maumee, Ohio (1998-2001); and business technologies team leader at AVCA Corp., Maumee (1997-1998). He also worked as an advanced engineer at Pilkington in Toledo from 1997-1998 and as executive systems manager at Fifth Third Bank, Cincinnati, from 19991-1996.

Schave earned a Master of Divinity degree from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind., in 2006 and is pursuing a doctorate at the seminary. He earned an Executive Master of Business Administration degree in 1998 from University of Toledo, Ohio, and a Bachelor of Science degree with an emphasis in computer and information systems in 1991 from The Ohio State University, Columbus.

Schave will be formally installed in his new position June 10 during a “Service of Installation” at the LCMS International Center in St. Louis.

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