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Christopher Family Foundation makes $1 million unrestricted gift to the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

Posted Mar 5, 2008

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).


Michael Klinefelter
Asst. V.P. for Advancement

Jan Boden
Director of Communications

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, forms visionary leaders who bear witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. It provides high-quality seminary and graduate education for women and men in a community that is global, multicultural, ecumenical, interfaith, and urban. LSTC faculty provides resources for the whole church through their research, writing, and workshops and presentations around the world. Graduates serve in every type of ministry setting as they work to realize the gospel vision of peace and justice.

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