The Christopher Family Foundation recently made a $1 million leadership gift to Equipping the Saints for Ministry. Designed to provide the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago with more robust short-term and long-term financing, Equipping the Saints for Ministry is the seminary's first comprehensive campaign. Its Annual Fund goals require at least a 10% increase per year in support for current operations; the LSTC Fund goals call for a doubling of endowed funds from $20 million to $40 million, and at least $10 million for facilities improvements and renovations.
Long-time supporters of Christian education in home and school, Christopher family members have a number of connections with LSTC including current and former pastors, seminary students who are from their congregation or LSTC alumni who occupy leadership roles in their congregation, and trusted friends and advisors.
In announcing the Foundation's decision, Kelley Christopher Schueler said that board members wanted to "give as much as possible from funds that were immediately available," signaling their affirmation of campaign goals and objectives. Kelley also noted the strong financial support given to the campaign by the seminary's three volunteer leadership boards and the campaign steering committee.
This generous gift from the Christopher Family Foundation moved LSTC beyond the $30 million mark in total campaign progress (gifts received and pledges outstanding).
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The Lutheran School of Theology (LSTC) is dedicated to bearing witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. Based in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, it is the leading urban Lutheran seminary training students for purposeful vocations in the global community. Aligned with its Lutheran heritage and built on a foundation of intellectual rigor, LSTC’s innovative, nationally recognized curriculum gives students skills for visionary Christian leadership in the public sphere.