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Student Gratitude at 1924 Societies Legends of Leadership Breakfast


At the recent Legends of Leadership Breakfast held with members of CTS’s 1924 Societies, students shared testimonies of gratitude for the ways CTS benefactors help them follow their callings without accruing life-altering debt. The breakfast was a gathering of gratitude for those who provide leadership level support of CTS and offered a chance for those CTS supporters to hear from students about the many ways their gifts transform lives and empower leaders to transform the world.

CTS President Dr. David M. Mellott remarked, “CTS has been a leading school of theology since 1924. At the heart of every seminary is its students, and I am so grateful for our students – for their passion, their purpose, and their work.” In a moving testimonial, CTS student Bryan Jinnett shared, “Most of my classmates have families and are working. Your giving allows us to find and follow our purpose.” Other students shared similar sentiments with their own heartfelt words of gratitude and appreciation.

CTS Trustee and longtime supporter Don Knebel was newly inaugurated into the 1924 Lifetime Society, which recognizes CTS alumni and friends whose lifetime support of CTS and cumulative giving is $100,000 or more. In addition to serving as a Trustee since 2014, Don has served on the advisory board for the Faith & Action Project since its beginning and is passionate about CTS’ mission. Reflecting on the occasion, Knebel shared “I support Christian Theological Seminary because of everything it does in the community beyond educating students. CTS brings people together.”

The gathering also recognized members of the 1924 Annual Society whose cumulative personal, corporate, and matching gifts reach $1,000 or more in the year. Just as there are many ways to give to CTS, there are many reasons our benefactors choose to invest in our students and the seminary with their philanthropy. When asked why he supports CTS, 1924 Lifetime Society Member David Herzog shared, “I am proud to be part of a community that inspires people to do good.”

Please enjoy these pictures of students, CTS leadership, and members of the 1924 Societies sharing gratitude with one another at the Legends of Leadership breakfast.