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:
John and Eleanor Yackel
Circle Pines, Minnesota
Because of our respect for this institution based on the blessings we have derived from its "product" ... we have decided to invest some of our hopes, prayers, and resources at this seminary.
Dean and Theresa Klein
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.
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.
Dr. E. Duane and Mrs. Marlene Engstrom
We wanted to make sure that some of our present assets were set aside to benefit those attending the seminary in the future.
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.
Gurine Gall is all about doing her part to support the gospel and God's work in the world at Luther Seminary. "From those to whom much is given, much is expected. I feel it is my obligation to help make sure the spreading of the gospel continues well into the future," she says.
Janet and Brad Anderson
Janet and Brad Anderson have been outspoken advocates for strong, biblically based preaching. As part of their involvement with the Called and Sent Campaign, they're doing something to ensure that need will be met. The Andersons have pledged to create the Marbury Anderson Chair for Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary in honor of Brad's father, a retired Lutheran pastor.
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."
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...
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.