On May 21, the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago launched the public phase of its five-year, $56 million comprehensive campaign, "Equipping the Saints for Ministry." It is the most ambitious fundraising effort the seminary has ever undertaken. The goals of the campaign are to raise $26 million for the Annual Fund and $30 million for the LSTC Fund (endowed chairs, scholarships, and capital improvements.) LSTC enters the public phase of the campaign with $25 million in gifts and pledges.
Bishop Philip and Mrs. Diane Hougen, of Iowa City, Iowa, and Mr. Larry and Mrs. Christie Tietjen, of St. Louis, Mo., are serving as Co-chairs of the campaign. The Campaign Steering Committee and Honorary Committee are made up of LSTC board members, alumni and friends, including Herbert and Corrine Chilstrom, Robert J. Marshall, Martin and Harriet Marty, Norman A. Nelson, Albert "Pete" and Cheryl Stewart Pero, José David Sr. and Carmen Hernandez Rodríguez, Hazel B. Steward, and Reuben T. Swanson.
Larry Tietjen, campaign co-chair, explained the need for the campaign, "There is a need for pastoral leadership that can identify with the current challenges that face the Lutheran church in our culture today and in the future. LSTC, because of its location, leadership, tradition, and strong academic program is in a unique position for equipping such leaders."
The public phase of the Campaign will run from 2007 - 2009. Its theme is from Ephesians 4:11-12, "The gifts God gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some pastors and teachers to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for the building up of the body of Christ."
"'Equipping the Saints for Ministry' is not just about 'bricks and mortar,' although there's that component to the campaign. It is also concerned with faculty salaries and scholarships for students. This campaign will give the seminary the financial stability it needs to be creative," said Philip Hougen, bishop of the Southeastern Iowa Synod and campaign co-chair.
Mark Van Scharrel
Vice President for Advancement
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.