Robert J. Scudieri: President and Publisher
After graduating from Concordia Seminary, Robert Scudieri served as a Lutheran parish pastor for thirty eight years. For nearly two decades, he worked to advance the role of missions in The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod as the head of missions in North America. His life’s work founded many Korean, Indian, Chinese, Hispanic, African, Japanese, blind, deaf, Jewish, Pakistani and Hmong churches and joined them in the Synod.
Dr. Scudieri instituted selection, preparation and support procedures for church planters, beginning more than one thousand new churches. He was also blessed to play a role in the beginning of the Center for US Missions, the Transforming Churches Revitalization Ministry, Open Arms Daycare Centers, the Lutheran Society for Missiology, the Spirit of Naples Film Production Studios and Mission Nation Publishing Co.
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. His first novel, an autobiographical novel based on the life of the business and political leader LK Wood was published in January 2016. Dr. Scudieri founded Mission Nation Publishing Co to share books about missionaries to America.
Bob was born and attended public school in Queens, New York. Today he lives in Florida with his wife and college sweetheart, Lynn. Together, they love spending their time with their two adult children and five beautiful grandchildren.
Paul Bruns: Writer
Dr. Paul Bruns, and his wife Ruby, served as overseas missionaries for decades. Together, they shared the good news of God’s love and provided resources for local leaders. In retirement, Paul is pursuing a dream to produce the “Mission Bible Commentary.” A first of its kind, the commentary extracts mission meaning from God’s word. Paul hopes that leaders who speak English as a second language will use this resource to be better equipped with a deeper understanding of our Savior’s great commission.
Christine Schulden: Writer
Christine Schulden communicates from the heart. Her early love of media drew her into radio as a producer for Philadelphia’s sports talk station, later she became their traffic manager. With an appreciation for all things television related, Chris 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. 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.
Marilyn Feldhaus: Writer
Throughout Marilyn Feldhaus’ varied career, sharing God’s love has always been at the heart of her pursuits. She graduated from Grinnell College in Iowa with a BA in chemistry and then taught biology, math and science at an evangelical church-sponsored girls’ school in Swaziland, Africa. After returning to the United States in 1980, Marilyn became a Lutheran Deaconess and worked for the Lutheran Mission Association in St. Louis, Missouri. Her primary focus was on aging ministry to poor indigent residents of St. Louis.
Following her marriage to David in 1985, Marilyn went back to school and became a special educator. Now retired from teaching, Marilyn’s current avocations include volunteering at a local food bank and the library. Returning to her deaconess roots, Marilyn also volunteers for hospice care. As a writer for Mission Nation Publishing, she works to share the stories of refugees and immigrant missionaries with Americans, and all who can learn from their faith and perseverance.
Hank and Mary Simon: Title
After 46 years of pastoral ministry, Rev. Hank Simon retired. He and his wife, Mary, who served faithfully by his side, moved to Fort Myers, Florida. The son of a pastor, Hank served on a college campus, assisted in an inner-city congregation, pastored a suburban congregation and led three international mission trips. He authored the biography of Gagan Garung, a missionary to America from Nepal.
Mary is a successful writer of children’s books, bible stories and devotionals. Together, they enjoy music, reading and taking walks while admiring the beauty of nature. They love spending time with their children and grandsons.
John Gifford: Financial Records
John Gifford’s accounting expertise serves Mission Nation Publishing in his oversight role of the organization’s finances. John graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in engineering. After three years in the Army, he worked in the accounting departments of several large corporations. A member of partner church Peace Lutheran in Naples, John donates his time to manage Mission Nation Publishing’s financial records.
Beatrice Hoppe: Translator
A native of Uruguay, Beatriz Hoppe has been developing and implementing programs for Spanish-speaking people 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. Prior to that, she held several administrative positions in the Lutheran Church, both in the States and in Argentina. Also in Argentina, she met her husband, Héctor, who 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. They have three adult children who, so far, have blessed them with seven grandchildren.