Clyde Walter appointed LSTC’s Vice President for Advancement June 25, 2019

At its Spring meeting, the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago Board of Directors named Clyde Andrew Walter as Vice President for Advancement, effective July 1. Walter had been appointed by President James Nieman as interim Vice President last fall and has served in that capacity for the last ten months.

“We are blessed that Clyde will continue to bring his keen insight, drive, and passion into the leadership of all our Advancement efforts,” said James Nieman, President. “During the past five years, I have witnessed at close range his faithfulness and care for those who support this school, and I have directly benefitted from his ability to work his plans toward completion. Clyde loves what he does, and that enthusiasm makes a positive difference in every part of our fundraising.”

In a message to the staff regarding the appointment, Walter said he is “grateful for the privilege to lead this incredible and vital team” and that he “doesn’t take the privilege lightly.”

“I pray and I trust that we will continue to do good, powerful, life-changing work together… to enable meaningful change – for donors, for students, for LSTC, and for the church and the world,” he said.

Walter joined LSTC’s Advancement office in January 2015 as Campaign Director and Major Gift Officer.

He has also worked for the Office of the Secretary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), for Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., and as the director of stewardship and advancement at Grace Lutheran Church and School in River Forest, Ill.

In 2018, Walter received the Jay Bleeke Young Professional Award from the Association of Lutheran Development Executives, recognizing his exemplary leadership and service to an organization within the fundraising and/or public relations fields. Walter holds a master’s degree from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration and a bachelor’s degree from Augustana College in Rock Island. He is married to Pastor Kyle Severson, a 2015 graduate of LSTC.


Patti DeBias
Assistant to the President

Jan Boden
Communications Manager

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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