LSTC News Release
LSTC launches $56 million comprehensive campaign
Posted May 24, 2007
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
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.