Rachel has served as Executive Director since 1998, a position to which she never aspired, but one in which she is daily humbled to serve. She oversees 178 schools, early childhood centers, elementary schools and high schools in Arizona, California, and Nevada. In addition, Rachel also broadly oversees Youth and Family Ministry in partnership with Dr. Dave Rueter, Youth and Family Ministry Facilitator. Rachel received her BS from Concordia, Nebraska, and her MA in Educational Leadership from Concordia, Irvine, CA. She has served her entire ministry in the Pacific Southwest District, and has seen the Spirit of God strongly at work in those who serve throughout the district. She is married to Mark, a math teacher at Lutheran High School of Orange County, and they are blessed with two amazing children and their spouses, and four beautiful grandchildren.
Among her many treasured Bible verses is Romans 8:37-39: “In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” This was her confirmation verse, and has powerful meaning today for each of us!