My name is Jenny Lockwald-Stewart and I am honored to be the new Executive Director at Trinity Education Foundation. As I write to you today, a big beautiful ball of light is shining through my window, reminding me of the hope Spring always brings with it. It’s a time of new beginnings, most notably at Easter when we celebrate the resurrection of Christ and the new life He breathes into us each day.
2019 represents many new beginnings for me, my family and the Foundation. My husband recently retired, our youngest is in school preparing to be a hairstylist, our middle child is in his junior year of college at Cal Poly, and our oldest is a new homeowner. For me, the new beginning is the work here at Trinity Education Foundation and the opportunity to apply my skills and experience while learning and growing with the Foundation.
Some of you may have already read a bit about my background, but I thought I’d give you additional insight into how I came to the Foundation. Since 2015 I’ve been consulting with individuals and non-profit organizations in the areas of strategy, change management, executive coaching, and staff/team development. Prior to starting my own consulting business, I worked at World Vision for 12-years, where I had the opportunity to lead their largest consumer fund-raising division. Prior to World Vision I worked in Christian music on the record company side leading teams in marketing, communications, and national promotion.
This past year my husband and I agreed that I needed to return to the “corporate” world, and though it took some time to identify the right opportunity, this past December Trinity Education Foundation and I found each other.
New Beginnings for Our Students
I’ve been here just over 90-days and I am immersing myself in the experience and navigating this new chapter for me and the Foundation. One of the things I appreciate about the Foundation is how it is building on the legacy of Trinity Lutheran College and Lutheran Bible Institute Seattle by igniting the future of a new generation of students who are seeking to understand and fulfill missional vocation in their approach to college and life service.
The author, Frederick Buechner, refers to vocation as “…the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” Our
Trinity Scholars Program
does more than offer financial support. We focus on helping students to understand and embrace the unique dimension of who God created them to be. We come alongside our students and help them embrace, not what the world considers acceptable, but rather the “true self” as defined by author Parker Palmer in his book,
Let Your Life Speak
. When we embrace who God has truly created us to be, we find a deep joy that leads to a path of “authentic service” throughout life.
This year will mark the first time we are working with a Freshmen group of college students, allowing us the opportunity to initiate our focus of missional vocation, which includes coaches who will work with each student throughout their four-years of college. Through this approach we are seeking to maintain the unique connection that TLC/LBI had with students and the profound impact it created.
New Beginnings for You
Trinity Education Foundation exists because of the commitment you made to TLC/LBI through prayer and your financial gifts. Though the school is no longer in operation, the Foundation offers a new opportunity to invest in the future of students serving Christ through their life, career, and ministry. We are on a mission to impact the lives of students seeking to attend accredited Christian colleges/universities in the Northwest and those pursuing seminary degrees.
I invite you to continue to support us, first and foremost, by keeping us and our scholars in your daily prayers. Additionally, I invite you to support us by
becoming a Scholarship Stakeholder
. Your monthly gift will go beyond helping just one student as it will be invested in our endowed fund’s portfolio to build our financial foundation, ensuring we can assist more students every year.
Thank you so much for your prayers and consideration, and for continuing the legacy of TLC/LBI with your generous gifts!
Happy Easter! He is risen, indeed!
PS – Coming Soon
· Updated Website including our Legacy of Giving page
· Introduction to our Act Six – St. Martin’s University Scholarship Award Winners
· Where Are They Now feature including past students and professors
· Update on the Dave Ellingson Scholarship