LSTC News Release
Jessica P. Houston appointed Director for Advancement – Management Services at LSTC
Posted Mar 20, 2007
Ms. Jessica P. Houston has been appointed as director for advancement - management services at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago beginning March 19. Houston is responsible for managing LSTC's alumni and donor database, supervising support staff in the Advancement Office, researching new prospects, and reviewing and refining procedures for the timely processing of gifts and requests.
Houston joined LSTC's staff as administrative assistant to the vice president of administration and finance in October 2000. In August 2003 she became the executive associate to finance and special projects, responsible for the efficient and effective management of the administrative areas of the finance office.
For the last 15 years, Houston has served in non-profit administration. She has worked for the Interfaith Council for the Homeless; Ann Becker and Associates, Inc.; the Polk Bros. Foundation, the Community Renewal Society, the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation, and Stauros USA.
Houston holds a B.A. in sociology and religious studies from North Central College.
Raised in the Hyde Park community on Chicago's south side, Houston is a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church. She serves as the lay leader of her congregation, Greater Englewood Parish United Methodist Church, and as a certified lay speaker within the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church.
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.