Mrs. Alva Bullock, a member of the LSTC Guild since the seminary opened its doors in Chicago, will receive Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago Distinguished Service Award in a ceremony at the spring leadership dinner on May 15.
"The Distinguished Service Award seeks to recognize and celebrate faithfulness to the mission of the seminary. Alva has been a generous and faithful annual supporter of LSTC," said President James Kenneth Echols. "In addition, she has made arrangements for an estate gift in order to continue helping gifted women and men prepare for ministry for years to come."
Mrs. Bullock, an active member of Salem Lutheran Church in Chicago, considers her support of LSTC as a natural part of her involvement in her home congregation. "I was proud that the seminary was built in Chicago," she said in a recent interview. "It was a wonderful thing for Chicago and for my church." Norman A. Nelson, pastor of Salem Lutheran Church at the time LSTC was built and a graduate of one of LSTC's predecessor seminaries, encouraged Mrs. Bullock to get involved in the LSTC Guild.
Mrs. Bullock has served on governing councils of the ELCA and the Metropolitan Chicago Synod. At Salem, she was the Sunday School Superintendent for 22 years. After 33 years as a Chicago Public School teacher, she retired in 1989. Mrs. Bullock serves as a board member of the Tithing Foundation in Chicago. She is a world-traveler who has visited China, Tanzania, and countries in South America and Europe.
The Guild was started 61 years ago at Chicago Theological Seminary in Maywood and joined with other similar groups from the seminaries that founded LSTC. Its goal is to "make seminary life richer, both spiritually and physically, for those who are preparing themselves to preach and teach our Christian faith."
The Guild motto is Matthew 13:31-33, the parable of the mustard seed. Guild members typically have collected the "small things," like pennies, and helped them grow into something significant to support the mission of LSTC. They have contributed much to the needs of the students through support of the "Duty Free Shop" a resource for reusable household goods and clothing.