The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago has appointed Rachel R. Brocker as associate director of admissions and financial aid, starting June 15. She has been serving as Seminary Sampler coordinator in the Office for Admissions and Financial Aid since August 2012, while a full-time student in LSTC’s master of divinity program.
“When long-time Director of Financial Aid Dorothy Dominiak retired we knew we would never be able to replace her, so we decided to rethink the way this office is staffed,” said Dr. R. Scott Chalmers, director of admissions. “This new position enables us to continue to do the vital financial aid work that students need while reaching out to more local prospective students, particularly those who have been traditionally underrepresented at our seminaries.”
“Our recruitment efforts are making a renewed focus on the metropolitan Chicago area and surrounding region, in addition to our existing nationwide profile,” added LSTC’s president, James Nieman. “I am grateful for Scott’s leadership in this strong venture and for Rachel’s sure-footed skills that will help make it happen.”
Rachel Brocker brings a wealth of experience to the position. She has served in congregations as a licensed lay minister, as a youth and family ministry coordinator, and as a director of faith formation. Brocker is a trained mediator and facilitator who has done borderlands ministry in Arizona and Mexico. Her honors include a full-tuition scholarship for coursework at LSTC, a Fund for Theological Education Congregational Fellowship, and Munderloh and Opal Dancey Scholarships. Brocker graduated cum laude from Northern Arizona University with a bachelor’s degree in history and psychology.
“This is an exciting time in the life of LSTC. I am looking forward to joining our admissions and financial aid staff in sharing the vision of the seminary with future leaders of the church,” said Brocker. “Building relationships with local and underrepresented communities is an important piece of this work, and reflects the seminary’s commitment to forming visionary leaders who can serve the church in all its diversity.”
Director of Admissions
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.