Laborers For Christ (LFC) leaders honored retiree Dale Vogt, of Eagan, Minnesota this week. For 28 years, Vogt assisted nearly 400 Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) ministries constructing, expanding or renovating their worship space. Vogt said he assisted some congregations two and three times as they expanded; some were even with the same building committee members. LFC is a ministry of the Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF). Leaders gathered in St. Louis, Missouri, for training March 3-5.
Photo left: Steve Bremer, LCEF Senior Vice President-East Region, presented Vogt with a statue representing the “fishers of men” to pay tribute to his servant heart. Vogt was surprised by the attendance of his eldest daughter, Laura and her husband, the Rev. Charles Adams, pastor of Faith Lutheran Church, Ottawa, Kansas, at the March 3 dinner.
Vogt retired from Laborers for the second time Dec. 31, 2014. He retired the first time in January 2010, but after a brief period, returned to serve as a regional consultant. He covered Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and northern Wisconsin, along with doing preconstruction work in this region. In those 28 years, Vogt assisted nearly 400 congregations in constructing, expanding and improving their facilities.
Vogt was an integral part of the original task force for the Laborers For Christ program, and he became an active Laborer in 1986. As a construction business owner, he brought his construction knowledge, expertise and experience to the program. Vogt served in every capacity—as a Laborer, project manager, preconstruction consultant, regional consultant, Standing Committee member and member of other task forces. He was instrumental in establishing the preconstruction process, knowing it would be immensely beneficial to congregations.
In 2006, LCEF honored Vogt with its prestigious Fred E. Lietz Individual Ministry Award during its annual Fall Leadership Conference. This award recognizes remarkable individuals for their dedicated service to LCMS ministries and LCEF.
Vogt said, "I've had some wonderful experiences with the Laborers For Christ program since 1986. Old Laborers never die, they just fade away.”
"Dale [Vogt] is held in the highest regard not only throughout Laborers, but throughout LCEF," said Max Biesenthal, LCEF Sr. Vice President—Ministry Support.
"We are so thankful for his many years of service and wish for him God’s richest blessings. He has been a blessing to us."