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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

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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