We praise God that Randy and Betsy Mortenson have accepted the call as the Pastoral Care Team to Japan and Taiwan and Joel and Marybeth Nordtvedt to Chad. This ministry is part-time in addition to their full-time ministry.
Randy and Betsy have lived in Mayville, ND, since October 2006. Randy serves as pastor at Ebenezer Lutheran Brethren Church. Betsy is involved in music ministry and a moms group and also works part-time at the local elementary school. They have three children: Kyra (11), Colby (8) and Trevor (7).
As a pastor, Randy’s passion is preaching and teaching the Word of God. He loves to see people take root in God’s Word and grow in their knowledge and love of Jesus Christ. Betsy has a heart for nurturing people’s relationships through prayer, especially their primary relationships: with Jesus, with their spouse, with their children and with their brothers and sisters in Christ.
Prior to coming to Mayville, Randy served as a chaplain in the U.S. Navy for almost eight years. His first tour was as a destroyer squadron chaplain in San Diego, during which he deployed for six months to the Persian Gulf. His second tour was in Okinawa, Japan, where he and Betsy lived for three years.
Randy graduated from Lutheran Brethren Seminary in 1996. He and Betsy have enjoyed serving the Lord in ministry and seeing God work through his word and his people throughout the world.
Joel and Marybeth are currently living in the Phoenix, AZ, area where they will work with International Students, Inc. They will be working with international graduate students. For the past five years, Joel has served as the Regional Pastor for the Central Region. Previously he has served as Director of North American Missions and as the President of Lutheran Brethren Seminary.
The Nordtvedts served with LBIM for twenty years in Taiwan where their ministry focus was with the Hakka people. Because of Joel and Marybeth’s love of their Lord and Savior and their faithful full-time involvement in a variety of ministries, they are uniquely gifted for this ministry. Joel and Marybeth have three adult children: Micah, Annalise and David.
Both of these couples are excited to be part of the LBIM team and look forward to supporting our missionaries as they reach out with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Join us in praying for these couples.