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Bread for the World President David Beckmann to preach at 2012 LSTC Commencement

Posted Jan 31, 2012

The Rev. Dr. David Beckmann (Christ Seminary-Seminex, 1974, M.Div.), president of Bread for the World, will be awarded an honorary doctorate and will preach during the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) 2012 commencement. The school’s 152nd commencement will be held Sunday, May 13, 2012, at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 5472 South Kimbark Avenue, Chicago, at 2:30 p.m.

"LSTC is honored that David Beckmann has agreed to be the preacher for the 2012 commencement worship," said LSTC Interim President Philip L. Hougen. "In recognition of his tireless efforts on behalf of poor and hungry people, LSTC’s faculty voted, unanimously to present Dr. Beckmann with the Doctor of Divinity, Honoris Causa, the highest honor it can bestow."

Leading advocate for poor and hungry people

Since 1991, David Beckmann has led Bread for the World’s efforts to strengthen U.S. policy to overcome hunger and poverty in the United States and globally. Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation’s decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad. 

In 2010, Beckmann received the World Food Prize, the equivalent of the Nobel Prize for individuals and institutions working to alleviate hunger. That same year he published the book Exodus from Hunger: We Are Called to Change the Politics of Hunger, which chronicles both progress and the work yet to be done to overcome hunger worldwide.

Beckmann is also president of Bread for the World Institute, which provides policy analysis of and strategies for ending hunger. He founded and serves as president of Alliance to End Hunger, which engages diverse institution – Muslim and Jewish groups, corporations, unions, and universities – in building political will to end hunger. He is co-chair of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network and has served as a board member of number of organizations including InterAction, the ONE Campaign, and the U.N. Millennium Hunger Task Force.

Prior to joining Bread for the World, Beckmann worked at the World Bank for 15 years, where he oversaw large development projects and created innovations to make the bank more effective in reducing poverty.

To learn more about David Beckmann and Bread for the World, visit


Patti DeBias
Assistant to the President

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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