Educating Future Church Leaders

LTSS New Life Fund

Your generosity makes it possible for students to pursue their next steps in ministry as they learn from educators who are leaders in their fields.

The New Life Fund is the lifeblood of Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. Gifts to this fund provide the resources for educating future pastors and leaders of the church. In addition, they provide state-of-the-art teaching technologies for the classroom.

The fund provides important financial flexibility for LTSS, allowing our beloved seminary to respond to our community’s changing needs. Gifts of every size help support day-to-day operations and provide opportunities for students to worship, learn and grow together in faith.

Are you ready to make a difference today?

Make an Online Gift

Ways of Giving

When you are ready to make your gift, here's how to do it.

  • Make an Online Gift
    By far the easiest way to give - make a secure online gift to LTSS.
  • Give by Telephone
    Call us Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at 800.361.2704 or 828.328.7321
  • Pay by Check
    Checks can be mailed and made payable to:
    Lenoir-Rhyne University
    c/o LTSS New Life Fund
    625 7th Ave NE, LRU 7467
    Hickory, NC 28601
  • Transfer Stock or Securities
    To transfer stock or securities, please contact Susan Quinn at or 828.328.7982.
  • Monthly Recurring Gifts
    Your gift can be paid through scheduled monthly deductions from your payment of choice (credit card, debit card or checking account). Indicate your interest in monthly recurring gifts by clicking “Make me a Sustainer today” button on the online giving form.
  • Pledges
    A multi-year pledge can help you keep track of your giving, cut down on annual solicitation and ensure that you continue to support LTSS each and every fiscal year.
  • Planned and Estate Giving
    When you plan a gift to us as part of your long-term estate and financial plans, you help us enhance our commitment to academic excellence and preparing leaders for tomorrow. Options include bequests, wills, trusts and more. Contact Liz Cox, assistant vice president for development, at or at 828.328.7322 for customized information.
  • Honorary and Memorial Giving
    A perfect way to recognize someone who has made a difference in your life. Maybe it's a professor, a classmate or a staff member. Simply make a note when you submit your gift.
  • Faculty and Staff Payroll Deduction
    Contact Erica Freeman in the Payroll Office at or 828.328.7185 to set your automatic donation today. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Annual Scholarships

Annual scholarships are a great way to make an immediate impact because students receive 100 percent of the funding now. Unlike endowments, these gifts to the LTSS annual fund are entirely expendable and are awarded right away. While unrestricted scholarship support can happen at any level, a named annual scholarship requires a giving commitment at the specified amount each year, for no fewer than four years.

There are two funding options for annual scholarships:

  • $30,000 - can be paid at once or over four years ($7,500 per year)
    Donors can name and designate their annual scholarship to an area of campus most meaningful to them.
  • $10,000 - can be paid at once or over four years ($2,500 per year)
    Donors can name their annual scholarship. Donor is not able to designate their gift—this is awarded to students with demonstrated financial need only.