Elizabeth Chentland joined the Advancement staff of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) on Jan. 16 as director of strategic marketing & communications.
Chentland comes to LSTC from the Alzheimer’s Association, where she served most recently as regional director of communications and had previously served as associate program & communications director. She also is an adjunct instructor at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, where she develops and presents course content for undergraduate and graduate students in an online, adult learning environment. Earlier in her career, she worked in leadership roles with organizations focused on public health and aging.
She has a master’s degree in public health from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Iowa State University. She brings to LSTC a set of skills that include strategic planning, public/media relations, story development and execution, team management and public speaking.
“I’m drawn to LSTC’s long-standing excellence in preparing visionary leaders that create peace and justice initiatives across the communities they serve,” Chentland said. “I also appreciate and hold up LSTC’s high academic standards, which ensure that our faith leaders are prepared to fully teach, engage and challenge the congregations and communities they serve.
“In uncertain times, our LSTC family is entrusted to bring neighbors together, to restore hope, and to help next generations elevate the good news of Jesus Christ. It is a privilege to work alongside the LSTC community in these pursuits.”
In welcoming the changes Chentland’s arrival signals, President James Nieman added, “This is exactly the right moment for decisive steps toward telling our story more boldly and broadly. Elizabeth brings a rare combination of marketing savvy, leadership skills, and personal energy to make that happen rapidly and well. I am grateful for what she is bringing to our seminary.”
Communications Specialist – Advancement
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.