The Trinity Education Foundation (TEF) was formed in 2007 as a supporting organization to Trinity Lutheran College, which had its foundation as the Lutheran Bible Institute-Seattle. From 2007 through 2016 the TEF provided scholarship funds to Trinity students each year. Today TEF grants scholarships to students in the tradition of Trinity Lutheran College and LBI-Seattle.
The Trinity Education Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees who come from a range of professional backgrounds and share both a history with Trinity Lutheran College and LBI-Seattle and a passion to see students thrive in their vocations, in the spirit of TLC and LBI-Seattle. Leadership of the TEF is comprised of the Trustees, an Investment Advisor, and an Executive Director.
Ernie has served with the foundation since its inception in 2007. He has a long history with Trinity Lutheran College and LBI-Seattle, having been a student at LBI-Seattle from 1962 to 1964. Ernie retired as a Data Analyst from the Microsoft Corporation after 15 years there, and has served on the Trinity Lutheran College Board of Directors for 12 of its 72 years, as well as the foundation Board of Trustees.
Irma has deep roots in our history, having been a student at the Lutheran Bible Institute-Seattle in 1951 where her father, Pastor Rundstrom served as an instructor. Irma’s extensive academic accomplishments include an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities, Thiel College; Honorary Doctorate of Public Service, Chatham College; Master’s in Administration, University of Washington; B.S.N., University of Washington; R.N., Emanuel Hospital School of Nursing. Irma served as President and CEO at Magee Women’s Hospital and Magee Women’s Research Institute from 1989 to 2004, and established the Magee Womancare International Program with programs throughout Russia, Ukraine, Albania, and other Eastern European countries. Irma has been President of the Nordic Heritage Museum Board of Trustees since 2011.
Tom has been a Trustee with the foundation since 2009 and has served as President since May, 2015. He had been very active with Trinity Lutheran College with his wife Twyla (where she attended when it was known as LBI-Seattle in the 70's). He is a retired Marine Engineer from the Washington State Department of Ferries and is active serving with the Village Theater, Josephine Caring Community, and Lutheran Men in Mission.
Kelly has been leading the foundation since 2014. He also served as the Vice President for Institutional Advancement for Trinity Lutheran College since 2014. Along with his work in higher-education he has held executive leadership roles in international development and youth leadership non-profits, after a number of years in the business sector. He received his degree from the University of Washington in 1983.
Toraya has been in the banking industry for over 20 years. She has enjoyed a diverse background exploring leadership opportunities in the financial industry; however her passion is helping organizations reach their success, whether that’s through strategic planning or connecting them with business partners to reach their goals. Toraya is a community advocate as an appointed Board of Trustee for Everett Community College and a board member of Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County.
Ben serves the foundation as Investment Adviser, working with the Trustees to provide insights into policy and investment decisions. He has been a Wealth Adviser since 2003. He earned his degree in International Business and Economics from Western Washington University.
John has many years of involvement with the foundation, having served as a Trustee since 2009. Prior to his service with the foundation he was the sixth President of Trinity Lutheran College (1999-2009) and in May, 2009 the Trinity Lutheran College Board of Directors declared Dr. Stamm President Emeritus. Prior to joining the college Dr. Stamm worked for over 20 years in administration within the public school system of Alaska, most recently as the Director of Related Service Programs for the Anchorage School District. He has also served as a director on various boards including 12 years on the Board of Directors of the Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary located in Berkeley, California. He earned an undergraduate degree at Concordia University, River Forest, and graduate degrees at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Since 2004, Jim has taught graduate courses in management at George Fox University, where he also serves on the Faculty Senate. Previously, Jim held executive positions in HR Management at companies that included Intel and Matsushita. Jim was on the HR Certification Institute board from 2012-2017 and was Secretary-Treasurer from 2015-2016; he also served on board committees for LightSpeedTechnologies of Tualatin, OR. He graduated from Seattle LBI in 1975 with a diploma in Biblical Studies and 1977 with a Bachelor of Christian Education. His doctorate is from George Fox University and he holds a Master of Science in Management from Marylhurst University.
David is a retired attorney, actively engaged in a number of nonprofit and community activities, including currently serving on the boards of Compass Housing Alliance in Seattle; Lutheran Services in America, headquartered in Washington DC; and here with the Trinity Education Foundation. He attended the University of Washington School of Law, where he was Executive Editor of the Washington Law Review, then practiced law in Seattle for more than 30 years, including 15 years as a named partner in the firm Mills Meyers Swartling. During this time, he was elected a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He also received the President’s Award from the Washington State Bar Association and the Harrison-Tweed Award from the American Bar Association for his professional activities. David is a life-long Lutheran and has served the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in many capacities and with Bethany Lutheran Church on Bainbridge Island, WA where he and his wife Barbara reside.
The Trinity Education Foundation was formed in 2007 as a Supporting Organization to Trinity Lutheran College, which had its foundation as the Lutheran Bible Institute-Seattle. From 2007 through the final attending class of the college in 2016 the TEF has provided scholarship funds to Trinity students each year. The TEF has been and is directed by a Board of Trustees, separate from the Board of Directors of the college.
So, you might ask: "Now that the college isn't operating any more, what's happening with the foundation and the scholarship funds?"
Thank you for asking! The Trustees of the foundation are passionate to keep the spirit and intent of Trinity/LBI alive into the future through the provision of scholarships to college students. You can read more about his in The Future For The foundation tab.
With the sale of the college campus in October, 2016 the office for the foundation has moved to Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Everett, WA.
Trinity Lutheran College was founded in 1944 as the Lutheran Bible Institute of Seattle (LBIS). A branch of the Minneapolis-based Lutheran Bible Institute (founded in 1919), the college was linked to a movement within Bible teaching institutions that sought to offer systematic, in-depth study of the Scriptures to lay persons in the historic Reformation tradition.
The first LBIS campus was located in downtown Seattle, though it soon moved to the Greenwood area of north Seattle. The college initially offered programs in biblical studies, theology, and missions, later adding Christian education and youth ministry.
In 1979, LBIS relocated to the Providence Heights area of Issaquah, a 39-acre wooded campus formerly owned by the Sisters of Providence. The college became accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities in 1982.
The name changed to Trinity Lutheran College in 1998 to better reflect its status as an accredited degree-granting institution. The college added programs in early childhood education and music and worship in 2001, and more recently has added majors in business management, communications, psychology, theology, and graphic design.
In 2008, Trinity moved its campus from Issaquah to downtown Everett, remodeling the former Port Gardner building. The campus included the Campus Center, an adjacent parking garage, and two nearby student apartment buildings.
Trinity offered bachelor’s degrees in 10 majors and 17 minors, as well as a two-year Associate of Biblical Studies, one-year Certificates in Professional Studies, and a one-year Certificate in Biblical Studies. Trinity maintained its distinctiveness as a biblically-centered institution by requiring all bachelor’s students to complete the Trinity Crux Curriculum, which includes biblical studies, spiritual formation, and service learning.
The Trinity Education Foundation was created to be a supporting organization to Trinity Lutheran College and to provide scholarships to students attending the college.
Trinity Lutheran College announced it's closure and ceasing of instruction at the end of the May 2016 semester. TLC graduated over 70 students, one of its largest classes in years. Through God's grace and with overwhelming support from many partnering colleges around the country, TLC was able to provide opportunities for undergraduates to continue their studies elsewhere.
The Trustees of the Trinity Education Foundation determined that they would keep the foundation alive and to continue to offer college scholarships into the future. The sale of the college campus building allowed for this to be a reality. Plans on how to do so began.
The Trustees of the Trinity Education Foundation determined their first step was to support TLC undergrads as best possible through their graduation at other institutions. They decided for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 academic years the foundation would offer scholarship eligibility to all who were undergrads when the college closed, and to those who attended TLC from the year 2000 forward if they are now in seminary. In August, 2017 the first distributions of these scholarship occurred; 22 students at 11 different institutions received scholarships.
Strategic plans began for how the foundation will grow and who it will provide scholarships to in the future after the past-TLC students complete their studies. These are exciting times as after the difficult decision to close the college occurred, there is a new season ahead for the LBI/TLC movement in the form of the Trinity Education Foundation!
Today, Trinity graduates serve as respected leaders in churches, business, government, and nonprofit organizations. In that spirit and mission the Trinity Education Foundation will continue to pursue ways to support the education of students as faithful and ethical leaders within their respective fields.