Seminary President Dr. Dale A. Meyer officially announced the launch of the public phase of the Generations Campaign before 150 alumni, donors and other supporters at a gala held Sept. 25 in Koburg Hall at the Seminary.
Guests were treated to a reception beneath an outdoor tent near the log cabin as they enjoyed appetizers and listened to The Erin Bode Group before the program and dinner began. The event featured guest speakers, multimedia presentations, testimonials and music. Several multigenerational church worker families were recognized. Speakers included Meyer; Vicki Biggs, senior vice president for Seminary Advancement; Dr. Lee Hagan, LCMS Missouri District president; Provost Dr. Jeffrey Kloha; Lee Hopf, Student Association president and fourth-year Master of Divinity student; and Craig Olson, chairman of the National Campaign Council.
A Generations video played on an overhead screen and gave guests an overview of the campaign, which aims to ensure the Seminary has the necessary resources to prepare the church’s future leaders for generations to come. “A Christian institution … has to be financially strong so that the mission can continue,” Meyer said in the video. “That’s why this campaign, Generations, is so important. Earthly wise the goal is to secure the economic vitality of this Seminary for the generations to come.”
“The legacy of this campaign really is eternal life for those who may hear the Gospel for the first time through a pastor or through somebody a pastor has touched with the truth of Jesus Christ and His purpose for dying on the cross,” Olson said. “So there’s nothing more important than that in this world today other than making sure the Gospel is taught accurately and passed on from generation to generation.”
As the evening drew to a close, Meyer announced the Generations Campaign has already raised more than $113 million toward its $180 million goal before he led guests in a celebratory toast. “Concordia Seminary is all about the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which is for all people,” Meyer said, “and now especially for coming generations.”
“The Generations Campaign is going to help ensure that our families for generations to come will have the opportunity to hear the truth of Jesus from pastors who know it and model it in their lives,” said Seminary President Dr. Dale A. Meyer. “Many of us were privileged to grow up in strong congregations.
I want my grandchildren and my great-grandchildren to have that same rich spiritual experience that I have had and you have had. Concordia Seminary is all about the Gospel of Jesus Christ for all people and, now especially, for coming generations.”
Dr. Dale Meyer
Concordia Seminary, St. Louis