Trustee Update

News from Lancaster Theological Seminary - Nov 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

As we approach the holidays, we wanted to take a moment to thank each of you for your service to LTS. The Seminary is strengthened by the generous gifts of your time, talents, and financial support. Students, faculty, and staff are touched by the work you do here. Thank you!
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Extraordinary Give

Mark your calendars for Friday, November 22nd!

The Extraordinary Give initiative, Lancaster's largest day of giving, is a wonderful way to support your Seminary and other local community organizations. For 24 hours, online donations are collected at and presenting sponsors will stretch those dollars with additional funds and prizes.

How it Works: On November 22, visit and donate online (min. $25) to hundreds of local organizations. After the 24-hour event, each organization receives a proportional percentage of the stretch pool. So, if they raised 3% of the total funds on that day, they would receive 3% of the $250,000 stretch pool. Plus any EXTRA in prize money!

For more information, visit.

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Spreading the Good Word

President Lytch has been happily sharing the message of Lancaster Theological Seminary, in our community and in our region, through a series of preaching and speaking engagements this month.

  • November 3: Preaching engagement at Phoebe Berks Chapel and visit with many alumni/ae of LTS during a reception after worship
  • November 4: Spoke with members of the York Ministerium
  • November 10: Preaching engagement at St. Peter's Pikeland UCC
  • November 14: Participated in a panel discussion on Franklin & Marshall campus with presidents of local institutions on the topic of Higher Education in Lancaster (and beyond)
  • November 17: Preaching engagement at St. John's UCC Nazareth

Welcome New Trustees

At the October 25th meeting, the Board of Trustees voted to approve three new members and bestow emeritus status to a former member of the Board.

We are pleased to welcome Ms. Patricia Hopson-Shelton, Rev. Kenneth Samuel, and Rev. Edward Davis to the campus community. Robert F. Groff, Jr. was named Trustee Emeritus at that meeting, as well.

Congratulations and welcome to the Board's newest Trustees, who will begin their terms in January 2014.

Celebrating Anne McGrann

Board members, faculty, and staff spent a lovely evening together on Thursday, October 24th learning about the Partners for Sacred Places initiative and honoring Trustee Emerita, Anne McGrann, for her amazing service to Lancaster Theological Seminary.

Anne has been a special friend to Lancaster Seminary for nearly 20 years. After serving seven distinguished years on the Advancement Staff, she joined the Board of Trustees in 2002, and retired in the spring of 2012.

With her participation on the Our Future is Now Campaign, the school raised more than $1 million dollars for the annual fund, a record-breaking achievement. Anne’s other service has included membership on the Executive Committee and Trustee Leadership Committee. Her attention to detail, to nuance, and to deliberation has served all of the Seminary community well; we are who we are today because we’re a reflection of her hard work, wisdom, compassion and experience.

Pictured below (President Carol Lytch, Trustee Emerita Anne McGrann, and Board Chair Dick Kratz).

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Congratulations, Sandy and Gary Cross!

Please join us in extending a heartfelt congratulations to the recipients of the Central Pennsylvania Association of Fundraising Professional's Volunteer Fundraisers of the Year, Sandy and Gary Cross!

As you know, advancing the capacity of Lancaster Seminary and its mission to serve the wider church and society with compassionate, intellectual leaders is one of their core values. And they live it each and every day. Be it simply a quick email with an additional name for our mailing list, an idea for an upcoming event, soliciting in-kind donations, and now even helping to bring the school's new web site to fruition, Sandy and Gary are leaders, and we're so blessed to be amongst the many charities for which they work tirelessly!

The Dynamic Duo received their award on National Philanthropy Day, Friday, November 15 at an awards luncheon in New Cumberland, PA. The theme for the day is “Change the World with a Giving Heart;" how clearly do Sandy and Gary Cross exemplify this?

Fast Facts

The Seminary currently has 128 students enrolled, who come from 3 countries and 10 states in the U.S. They represent 16 denominations. It is a true joy and honor to work with these students and watch them follow their path of education and faith.

We found an image of a wonderful postcard of the seminary in earlier days (date unknown). My, how the trees have grown!

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