The Rev. Timothy Brown has joined the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) Advancement staff as a major gifts officer. A talented preacher and communicator, he has spent the last 10 years as a pastor, and has led his own and other congregations through successful fundraising campaigns.
Brown most recently served as senior pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Raleigh, N.C. Prior to that, he was lead pastor at Luther Memorial Church in Chicago.
He graduated with honors from LSTC with a master of divinity in 2009, and he is excited to return in this new capacity.
“I have a heart for theological education and human development,” Brown said. “Equipping and empowering whole leaders in this world is my life’s goal. My personal mission as a pastor, theologian and fundraiser fit well with the stated mission of my alma mater, and under this new leadership I am interested and excited about the future of my seminary.”
In addition to his two pastoral calls, Brown is a thoughtful and gifted writer with a large following. He is a regular contributor to Living Lutheran, the magazine of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), writes for other publications and a blog followed by more than 1,000 on each of its platforms. Since 2015 he has also been an executive coach. He is an advisory board member for the ELCA’s North Carolina coaching initiative, serves as a coach of church professionals and para-professionals in meeting their goals, and coaches start-ups on strategy and creative leadership.
“Tim comes to LSTC as an alum, a pastor, a theologian, a thought-leader, and a person of deep faith,” said William “Bill” Myatt, Director of Philanthropic Engagement. “Raising money for LSTC is not merely a job for Tim. He believes deeply in our mission, and his fundraising work will be driven by his passion. Tim is also intimately familiar with the ELCA, and has his finger on the pulse of the American church. He has a sense of where the church is going, and he understands how to communicate with people of faith by drawing responsibly from the past. In short, Tim is an excellent addition to the LSTC community as a whole and to the Advancement team specifically. I am thrilled to welcome him, and I look forward to seeing him achieve wonderful success.”
In addition to his master’s degree from LSTC, Brown graduated with honors from Valparaiso University with a both a Bachelor of Arts in Theology and a Master of Education in Elementary Education. He was a teacher for two years (grades 7 and 8) after graduating from college.
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