“This campaign could not have been successful if it were not for all the people in the pews,” said President Dale Meyer as he announced the total raised during the Generations Campaign for Concordia Seminary.
Dale added, “We are thankful to volunteers from around the United States, led by our National co-Chairs, Craig and Jane Olson of California. We have had over 51,000 people who have made donations to this campaign. We cannot thank the church enough.”
Congregational leaders from around the country gathered on campus in Kolb Hall for a successful campaign gala celebration on December 2nd.
Concordia’s Mission Vital to the Future
“The role of Concordia Seminary in forming effective faithful pastors for the church is more important now than ever,” said Craig Olson. He added, “Concordia Seminary has the greatest chance to change the trajectory of our beloved Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod,” and, “Tonight is a celebration of the generosity of God’s people.”
When the campaign began five years ago with a silent campaign, a goal was set at $180 million. The public phase began in 2015. As of November 30, a staggering $195 million has been raised thus far.
Meyer Helpers of Joy Endowment
As a surprise, Dale and Diane Meyer were brought to the stage near the end of the evening by Senior Vice President, Seminary Advancement, Ms. Vicki Biggs. She told those assembled the Meyers have established The Rev. Dr. Dale A. and Diane C. Meyer Helpers of Joy Endowment Fund for future operations of the Seminary. Vicki announced that during the past several weeks, $5.5 million dollars has been contributed by friends of Dale and Diane to their endowment fund. As the crowd rose in a standing ovation, Dale was uncharacteristically silent and speechless as he and Diane were deeply touched.
The evening ended with an enthusiastic singing of the doxology.
When it comes to providing funding for the formation of faithful, relevant and effective pastors at Concordia Seminary, Congregations Matter.