Wayne Graumann is recognized as a visionary leader within the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod and beyond and is sought as a national speaker, mentor, and facilitator of effective team ministry. Wayne Graumann was born in Granite, Oklahoma, October 22, 1948. He graduated from St. John’s College, Winfield, Kansas; Concordia University, Seward, Nebraska; and Concordia Theological Seminary, Springfield, Illinois, now located in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he has effectively served as chair of the Board of Regents. His vicarage was served at the historic Trinity Lutheran Church, Memphis, Tennessee. He served as parish pastor at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Raymondville, Texas, from 1974 – 1978 and as senior pastor at Salem Lutheran Church of Rosehill in Tomball, Texas, from 1978 – 2013. By God’s grace, he has guided the historic Salem congregation to transition from a small country parish to become one of the larger Lutheran congregations in America. With concentrated evangelistic, medical, dental, and water-well mission teams in Mexico, Honduras, and Kenya, Salem Ministries has led the way in formulating a new approach to worldwide missions by building strategic partnerships between local congregations here and abroad. Wayne’s specialized strengths lie in vision creation and casting, team development, and vulnerable communication of God’s Word. As he transitions into his Encore Life in 2013, he looks forward to new opportunities in which his talents and abilities might continue to be used by God to make a difference for eternity.
Kathy Graumann, wife of Wayne Graumann, was born on May 16, 1948, in Leigh, Nebraska. She is an alumnus of Concordia University, Seward, Nebraska; Texas A & M University, Kingsville, Texas; and Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas. Her professional career has been spent in the field of education with many years devoted to special education. She is the author of two published books showcasing the history of Salem Lutheran Church of Rosehill in Tomball, Texas: A Church on Fire and From Hilltop to Hilltop:A Pioneer Spirit Endures. Both books have received awards from Concordia Historical Institute in Saint Louis, Missouri, where Kathy has served as a member of the Board of Governors. Her dedication to the preservation and proclamation of the stories of God’s faithfulness to His people throughout history motivated her to found and establish the Salem Archives and Historical Research Center of Rosehill in Tomball, Texas.