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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 forms visionary leaders to bear witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. Its approximately 290 students come from all parts of the United States and from around the world to study in the masters level and advanced studies programs. Graduates become pastors, other church leaders, and university and seminary professors. LSTC is a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and a member of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools, allowing students to cross-register among the 12 member seminaries and drawing on a wealth of ecumenical resources. LSTC enjoys a number of cooperative arrangements with the University of Chicago.

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