Four LSTC students receive prestigious fellowship awards from The Fund for Theological Education August 24, 2009

First-year Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago master of divinity students Christine Anderson, Sarah Rohde, and Nathan Sutton have been recognized by The Fund for Theological Education (FTE) as young leaders who demonstrate exceptional gifts for ministry. They will each receive a $2,000 to $5,000 Congregational Fellowship award for tuition and living expenses from FTE which matches support from their nominating congregations.

Second-year master of divinity student Carolyn Albert received a $10,000 Ministry Fellowship stipend to cover educational and living expenses and to fund a self-designed ministry project.

Congregational Fellows are selected competitively from a pool of applicants across the U.S. and Canada. They must be nominated by a congregation, be preparing for congregational or parish ministry, have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and have intellectual and personal gifts for pastoral leadership. Anderson was nominated for the fellowship by St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Davenport, Iowa. Rohde was nominated by Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church, Sioux Falls, S.D. Sutton was nominated by Central Lutheran Church, Eugene, Ore.

Ministry Fellows are selected competitively from a pool of applicants across the U.S. and Canada. They must be nominated by their seminary dean or president, have a minimum grade point average of 3.3 at the end of their first academic term and possess intellectual and interpersonal gifts for pastoral leadership. The 2009 FTE Ministry Fellows were chosen by a national committee of theological educators and church leaders.

The Fund for Theological Education awards the fellowships, which are funded by Lilly Endowment, Inc., to increase the number of highly capable young people exploring or preparing for ministry as a profession. Albert was nominated by the Rev. Dr. Kathleen D. Billman.

“Congregations and entire communities need the intellect, leadership gifts, and compassion that theses candidates will bring to local spiritual, social, and economic challenges,” said the Rev. Ellen Echols Purdum, director of FTE Ministry Fellowships.

The Fund for Theological Education is a leading ecumenical advocate for excellence and diversity in pastoral ministry and theological scholarship. It awards $1.5 million in fellowships to gifted young people from all denominations and racial/ethnic backgrounds. For more information about FTE fellowships, visit


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The Lutheran School of Theology (LSTC) is dedicated to bearing witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. Based in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, it is the leading urban Lutheran seminary training students for purposeful vocations in the global community. Aligned with its Lutheran heritage and built on a foundation of intellectual rigor, LSTC’s innovative, nationally recognized curriculum gives students skills for visionary Christian leadership in the public sphere.

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