ROBERT J. SCUDIERI
President and Publisher
Bob Scudieri was born on October 8, 1944 in Queens, New York, where he attended public schools.
In 1967 Scudieri married his college sweetheart, Lynn Gollenberg. Over the years two wonderful children, Nathan and Alison, followed.
After graduating from Concordia Seminary in 1971 he served as a Lutheran pastor for thirty eight years, as a parish pastor, the Mission Executive for the English District and in his last call, to head new church development in North America for his denomination, The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.
Many Korean, Indian, Chinese, Hispanic, African, Japanese, blind, deaf, Jewish, Pakistani and Hmong leaders and congregations owe their membership in the Synod to the work of Dr. Scudieri.
He also instituted selection, preparation and support procedures for church planters, beginning more than one thousand new churches during the 25 years he served as the Mission Executive of the English District and the head of the Synod’s National Missions department. He was also blessed to play a role in the beginning of the Center for US Missions, the Transforming Churches church revitalization ministry, Open Arms (staring over 60 Christian day care centers), the Lutheran Society for Missiology (publisher of the journal Missio Apostolica), the Spirit of Naples film production studios and the Mission Nation Publishing Co.
In retirement Pr. Scudieri continues to serve on several national boards.
In 1991, after a sabbatical as a Research Fellow at Yale Divinity School, he wrote the book, Apostolic Church: One, Holy, Catholic and Missionary – a book on missions used by various seminaries. He is writing his first novel, an autobiographical novel based on the life of the business and political leader LK Wood due out in January 2016.
He has recently begun an on line publishing business, Mission Nation Publishing Co, to publish books about the Missionaries to America, courageous immigrant leaders who are risking their lives to come to the United States to bring the gospel to this country.
Dr. Scudieri and his wife Lynn love spending their time with their adult children and five beautiful grandchildren.
Keriz Rosado: Writer
Keriz, the daughter of one of the missionaries to America, has written the book The Bulletproof missionary. Keriz works for Spirit of Naples (SON) studios in Naples to bring compelling stories of faith and love to the movie screen.
Paul Bruns: Writer
Dr. Paul and Ruby Bruns served as overseas missionaries for decades, sharing the good news of God’s love and providing resources for local leaders. In retirement he has been pursuing a dream of producing a “mission Bible commentary.” A first of its kind, the mission commentary extracts mission meaning from God’s word. His hope is that leaders who speak English as a second language will use this resource to be better equipped by a deeper understanding of our Savior’s great commission.
Christine Schulden: Writer
Chris graduated from LaSalle University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications, concentrating in Journalism and Public Relations with a dual minor in Art History and English Literature. From there her love of media drew her into radio where she became a producer for Philadelphia’s Sports/Talk station, later becoming their traffic coordinator.
A love of media and all things television took Chris on a new path and she became a media buyer for a Philadelphia based agency where she honed her marketing skills and bought television and radio ad-space for many clients nationally. Chris has always been a novelist at heart, earning admission to the Institute For Children’s Literature at age 12. She’s been developing plots and creating characters ever since. She lives in New Jersey with her wonderful husband, their three amazing little ladies, two cats and several fish.
Marilyn Feldhaus: Writer
Marilyn has had something of a varied career. She graduated from Grinnell College (Iowa) with a BA in chemistry and then taught biology, math, and science at an evangelical church sponsored girls’ school in Swaziland, Africa. Following her return to the United States Marilyn was looking for a way to be more active in living out the gospel, and learned of the Lutheran Deaconess Association.
became a Lutheran Deaconess in 1980, working for the Lutheran Mission Association in St. Louis, Missouri. Her primary focus was on aging ministry to poor indigent residents of St. Louis. Following marriage to her husband, David, in 1985, Marilyn went back to school yet again and became a special educator. She has pursued this vocation mostly in California.
Now retired from teaching, Marilyn’s current avocations include volunteering at a local food bank and at the library. Returning to her deaconess roots, Marilyn also recently became a hospice volunteer. She is delighted to accept Dr. Scudieri’s invitation to be a part of the Mission Nation Publishing team! Marilyn hopes her writing efforts will do justice to the refugee and immigrant missionaries who have found their way to the United States, and from whom Americans might learn much regarding faith and perseverance.
John Gifford: Financial Records
John graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in engineering. After three years in the Army, John worked for several large corporations in accounting. A member of our partner church, Peace Lutheran in Naples, John donates his time for keeping the financial records for Mission Nation.
Rev. Dr. Todd Luedtke: Editor
Born in Kingston, New York in January of 1947, Mr. Luedtke attended school at Immanuel Lutheran Elementary School in Kingston,Concordia Preparatory High School in Bronxville, NY and Concordia University, River Forest, IL (then Concordia Teachers College). He married Janet Wolff of Altamont, IL in September of 1968, and a year later they went to Papua New Guinea as educational missionaries. Fifteen years and three children later (Andrew, 1970; Rhett, 1972; and DeAnna, 1976) they moved back to the United States, where Mr. Luedtke taught English and Theater at Portland Lutheran High School, Concordia University Portland, Lutheran High School in LaVerne, CA and Concordia University California. In June, 1998, he and his wife were called to be a part of the original faculty of Concordia International School Shanghai, and then after nine years of ministry in China, repatriated to the USA, where Jan started a preschool at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Tigard, OR and Todd did volunteer work overseas at St. Paul’s Lutheran High School in PNG. For the first six months of 2012 both Luedtkes served at Buena Vista Concordia in Shenzhen, China, and then in 2015 they returned to Highland Lutheran International School in PNG were Todd served as Chaplain. In 1974, Mr. Luedtke completed a Master’s Degree in Theater at the University of Illinois, and then from 1988-1991 did further post graduate work towards a PhD in Theater at the University of Oregon. He has spent his professional career serving Lutheran schools in three countries in the areas of high school and college English, Religion, Theater and administration.
Beatrice Hoppe: Translator
A native of Uruguay married to an Argentinian, who God chose to bring to the States twenty five years ago, Beatriz Hoppe has been developing and implementing programs for the Spanish-speaking audience in the United States through Lutheran Hour Ministries for the last fifteen years. Before joining LHM, Beatriz was a Manager of Pilot Scheduling for TWA, and prior to that, she held several administrative positions in the Lutheran Church, both in the States and in Argentina, where her husband served as parish pastor and as professor at Concordia Seminary in Buenos Aires. Beatriz holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business and a Professional Lay Worker degree from Concordia Seminary in Buenos Aires. With her husband Héctor they have three adult children who so far have blessed them with seven grandchildren.
Board Members of Mission Nation Publishing Co.
Rev. Dr. Robert Scudieri: Lutheran pastor, served parishes in New Jersey before becoming the Mission Executive for the English District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. For the last eighteen years of his public ministry Bob was head of National Missions for his denomination.
Mrs. Janis McDaniels: Former VP of Outreach for the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, now chair of the LWML Heart to Heart ministry, to “Motivate, equip, and ensure opportunities for multicultural women to serve the church, participate in LWML, witness to the world, and grow in relationships as sisters in Christ.”
Mr. John Friend: retired Vice President of Advanced Sterilization, a Johnson and Johnson Company. He has also served on the board of regents of Concordia University, Irvine.
Dr. Yohannes Mengsteab: Former Director for new church development for the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, currently Mission and Ministry facilitator for the Texas District, LCMS.
COL (Ret.) Jim Schlie, US Army: Served as Director of Family Support for Dept. of Defense, Advisor to Sec. Army on income producing programs, Former director of Lutheran Family Association within the LCMS and non profit consultant.
Dr. Yared Halche: Mission and Ministry Facilitator for Southeast District, LCMS. Chairman of the North American Mission Executives.
Professor Kou Seying: Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri. Head of distance education programs – including the Hispanic Institute and the Ethnic Immigrant Institute of Theology.