Donor Stories

The call to give is compelling. Those who support Luther Seminary with their gifts of time and money can tell you what this stewardship role means to them:

Charles Olson


Charles Olson has served as a Luther Seminary volunteer for almost 20 years. His service is fueled by his love for the church. "I love the church and think there is no greater way to serve the church than to serve the seminary, because the seminary is the future of our church," he said.

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Valborg Hallan


I have always admired the pastors and missionaries that I have known, and since it hasn't been possible for me to join them, I'm happy that the charitable gift annuities provide a means of helping ease the financial pressure of others who are preparing to answer God's call...

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Noel and Ethel Estenson


Noel Estenson is no stranger to meeting challenges. "I heard that Luther Seminary sometimes has to turn away potential students because of a lack of funding," he said. "I know that after I've left this place we call earth, Luther Seminary will continue responding to the call of supplying pastors for our churches."

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Mike Diemer


Ready and willing, Mike Diemer has supported Luther Seminary as a volunteer in many ways for 15 years. One of the primary ways he serves the seminary is by introducing it to potential major donors who have a deep love for the church.

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Norman and Eunice Jones


Minneapolis, Minnesota

Both of our families were centered in the Christian life.  Giving and serving seemed very natural. That was where the heart was.

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David and Andrea Hayes


David Hayes and his wife, Andrea, recently contributed $25,000 to refurbish a pipe organ acquired by the seminary from St. Olaf College. The organ, valued at nearly $100,000, will serve as a much needed practice instrument for students in the seminary's master of sacred music program. The seminary's need for an additional practice organ is the result of an increasing number of students interested in studying organ performance.

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Dean and Theresa Klein


Eagle, Idaho

The church needs pastors and leaders to fulfill the long-term mission Christ commanded. We take it as our personal calling to financially support this mission.

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Al and Mary Ann Solmonson


Ask Mary Ann Solmonson how she thinks of stewardship and she'll tell you it's: "Everything I am and everything I do after I say what I believe."

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Gertrude Hognander


Gertrude Hognander served the Lord with a song in her heart her whole life. Now she's used the gifts God has given her to enable others to do the same.

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Lee and Louise Sundet


Pastors and teachers who effectively teach God's word can have a great impression on young people. Lee and Louise Sundet can witness to that.

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