International Programs Director
Regional Director for Southern Africa
Rev. Rich and Maya Rudowske and their five children recently returned to the States. They are based in the Aurora, Ill. area and work with the team at the LBT Service Center to make God’s Word available in the heart language of people around the world.
The Rudowskes joined LBT in 2008 and served in Botswana, where Rich helped to start a Bible translation project in the Shekgalagari language – spoken by over 200,000 people throughout the remote Kalahari Desert.
In January, 2014 Rich was named Regional Director for Southern Africa, responsible for oversight and cultivation of projects, personnel, and partner relations with the Lutheran churches and Bible Societies in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, and Zambia. In August he was further promoted to International Program Ministries Director.
Before joining LBT, Rich received the M.Div from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo. He served as Vicar and Associate Pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran Church (LCMS) in Kettering, Ohio, from 2003 to 2007. Rich has done graduate level work in applied linguistics at the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics in Dallas, Texas, and worked in management and financial analysis for a large healthcare corporation in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Maya is the chief organizer and encourager of the Rudowske crew. She has done coursework in linguistics and basic medical and emergency training. She is teacher to the Rudowske children: Katherine (15), Matt (12), Josh (10), and Becca (9). Their oldest son Christopher (18) recently finished high school in the U.S.