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:

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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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.

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Robert Torkelson


I am a member of the Leadership Circle at Luther Seminary because I love the Church and want it to be here for future generations.

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