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April 2012

Luther alum's giving driven by desire to support preparation of strong church leaders

"Luther gave me a splendid theological education. It gave me a balance of what it means to serve the church," loyal Luther Seminary donor Frank Brocker, '62, said.

He expresses his thanks for the education he received at Luther Seminary through annual gifts to the seminary's Sustaining Fund. In addition, Brocker and his wife, Barbara, are members of Luther Seminary's Heritage Society Supporting Luther's mission to prepare Christian leaders is important to the Brockers, whose daughter and son-in-law are also both Luther Seminary grads.

"In an era of eroding confidence in the church, it is important to keep faith in the seminaries because that is the starting point," Brocker says. 

"We need strong leaders. We need to train future leaders to best use their gifts for ministry, then turn them loose prepared to effectively serve their communities."

The Brockers made an even greater impact on the future of the church when they set up a charitable gift annuity, payable to Luther upon their deaths.

"We wanted to give an estate gift to offer the seminary something it can count on," Brocker says. "When we're gone, that gift will be there for the seminary. When you have several people giving this type of gift, it can make a significant impact."

Support the Sustaining Fund, double your impact

Making gifts to the Sustaining Fund, as the Brockers have done, allows Luther the flexibility to use the gifts where they will have the greatest impact on the quality of seminary education.

Gifts to the Sustaining Fund support myriad resources for seminary students and current church leaders, including:

  • Scholarships
  • Cross-cultural experiences
  • New course development
  • Computer labs
  • Faculty resources
  • Technology
  • Online preaching and Bible resources
  • Much more!

By making a gift to the Sustaining Fund today, you will double your impact through the Be the Light Challenge. A generous friend of Luther Seminary will match all gifts to the Sustaining Fund 1:1 through June 30. Double your investment for the next generation of bold and faithful church leaders. Give online today.

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