William “Bill” Myatt recently joined the Advancement staff at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) as the seminary’s new Director of Philanthropic Engagement.
Myatt most recently was senior director of development, and director of development, at Catholic Extension in Chicago, a national nonprofit that raises and grants approximately $20 million each year for poor and marginalized communities in the U.S.
Prior to his work with Catholic Extension, he was director of development, adjunct instructor and lecturer in theology at Loyola University. He has also held teaching positions at DePaul University, Judson University and Lewis University, all in Chicago.
“I’ve always been impressed with LSTC,” said Myatt, who was familiar with the seminary during his time at Loyola University and from attending a conference hosted by LSTC’s Zygon Center. “For many years, LSTC has struck me as a community I would like to be a part of. I’m grateful for the opportunity to work at such an impressive school. Students are vocal about social, theological and political issues, and I look forward to making an LSTC education accessible to anyone, regardless of their financial situation. I’m so impressed with students and others I’ve already met—the stories of people in ministry or connected to the school. It’s an exciting time for the denomination as a whole, but also an exciting time for LSTC to make a real difference in society.”
Clyde Walter, vice president for Advancement, said he is delighted to add Myatt to the team. “Bill’s triple-threat experience as a pastor, a theologian and a fundraiser will be incredibly valuable to his role and to LSTC. He’s familiar with LSTC, having paid attention to LSTC’s unique voice in the theological education world, and he’s quite passionate about our mission and distinctive approach. Bill is energetic, ambitious and has an incredible record of fundraising success – I have no doubt that he will help lead us to new heights at LSTC.”
Myatt received his PhD in Constructive Theology at Loyola University in Chicago, a master of arts at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., and a master of divinity from Trinity Divinity School in Deerfield, Ill. His bachelor of arts is from Union University in Jackson, Tenn. He also served as associate pastor of Brookside Church in Omaha, Neb.
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