In 2018, California Lutheran University was one of 78 recipients chosen from nearly 600 proposals for Lilly Endowment’s Thriving in Ministry initiative.
Grants ranging from $31,500 to $1 million will support the efforts of a variety of Christian organizations across the nation to help pastors build relationships with experienced clergy who can guide them through key leadership challenges in ministering to congregations.

This grant funding will allow our two regional bodies (Regions 1 & 2 in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) to work together to pioneer ways of supporting congregations, and leaders across a wide spectrum of contexts—from extremely rural Wilbur, Washington to Los Angeles, California.
Bishop Kristen Kuempel,
Eastern-Washington Idaho Synod

About California Lutheran University

Founded in 1959, California Lutheran University is home to more than 3,059 undergraduate and 1,324 graduate students who come from more than 49 countries and represent a wide variety of faiths. Both in the classroom and outside of it, everyone at Cal Lutheran is committed to helping each student pursue their passions to discover their purpose, and follow that purpose to transform their community—and the world.

About Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary

Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary (PLTS) develops leaders in the Lutheran tradition for a complex and changing world. We equip people to put their faith into action as the church and culture face dramatic change; because people who follow their purpose can transform a community — and the world.

Associated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary is the only Lutheran seminary in the western half of the United States. PLTS is a founding member of the Graduate Theological Union, a consortium of 19 seminaries and research centers in partnership with the University of California at Berkeley.