NovusWay Ministries, Inc. (Lutheridge, Lutherock, Luther Springs & Lutheranch) calls Deacon Mitzie Schafer to serve as the new Vice President for Development.
“As we look to the future of the ministry, our goals are building a strong, sustainable annual fund and legacy giving program,” said Boyd W. (Bo) Harris IV, Executive Director/CEO for NovusWay. “Deacon Schafer comes to NovusWay with more than 10 years of successful non-profit, executive management experience, and we are thrilled to have someone of her caliber join our team,” continued Harris. Schafer served as the Executive Vice President of Epworth Children’s Home, a 120-year-old Methodist organization in Columbia, SC. While there, she built a donor focused infrastructure to increase annual giving from $1.4 million to $2.6 million in three years. At her most recent call to the ELCA Foundation as the Regional Gift Planner for the Carolinas, she walked with donors to secure more than $1 million in planned gifts for NovusWay in 24 months and $24 million in planned gifts for other organizations that benefit the work of the greater church. She brings the core values of transformational storytelling, invitation and gratitude to her work.
While her work is evidence of the gifts she brings to NovusWay, she also brings her passion and firsthand love for the life-changing work of NovusWay. She served as senior staff at Lutheridge for three summers. During graduate school she served year-round as the guest services coordinator and has volunteered for C3ARE and other programs throughout the last 20 years. During internship, she and her husband, Pastor Jason Schafer took children to Luther Springs for summer camp. She identifies her time at Lutheridge as a key factor in her call to ministry and the decision to attend the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary where she received a Master of Art in Religion.
“NovusWay provides a critical and foundational ministry for the church and the world,” said Deacon Schafer. “The world and the church are better because of the leadership training, the life training, the community training that happens at these amazing camps. I am better because of my time at each site. I am grateful for an opportunity to tell the story and invite others to experience these amazing places apart.”
Deacon Schafer began on August 12, 2019. She resides in Prosperity, SC with her husband and two children, Ella Grace and Micah. She is available at firstname.lastname@example.org or 803-413-7827.