Seminary announces $50,000 matching gift challenge

Lexington, Ky., March 13, 2012 – Lexington Theological Seminary President Charisse L. Gillett announced today a $50,000 matching gift challenge. A group of faithful donors will match all qualifying gifts received by July 31, 2012, up to $50,000.

“Supporting this dollar-for-dollar Mission and Ministry Challenge provides LTS with the ability to continue to fulfill its mission to prepare faithful leaders for the church,” said Dr. Gillett. “We are grateful for the generosity of our donors and trustees and the hard work of our development office that made this possible.”

Donations help support the new model of theological education that LTS launched in 2010. The groundbreaking program shifts the center of education from the classroom to the church and allows students to pursue a Master of Divinity degree by taking classes online and on campus.

Gillett noted that the program:

• places high value on the role of the congregation in helping form students
for ministry
• teams students with experienced pastors as mentors
• integrates the academic and congregational experiences
• cultivates meaningful relationships with peers in covenant groups
• endeavors to sustain graduates in ministry by encouraging an ongoing
relationship with the Seminary

“Seventh Street Christian Church Foundation is pleased to partner with our Seminary to encourage support for its new program.  We invite Disciples to join us in this important work,” said foundation trustee Wayne Light. “Your increased gift will help us mentor and nurture students into the pastoral life,” Gillett said. Interested donors may contact Sonny Wray or Mark Blankenship in the Office of Advancement and Development at (859) 280-1245.


Lexington Theological Seminary is an accredited graduate theological institution of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  Consistent with the Disciples’ historic commitment to Christian unity, the Seminary is intentionally ecumenical with students, faculty, staff and trustees of various denominations. The Seminary has been preparing leaders for the church since 1865. For more information, visit