Rickey W. Copley-Spivey appointed Director of Development at LSTC

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December 19, 2017

Rickey W. Copley-Spivey joined the Advancement Office at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) as Director of Development on Dec. 11. Copley-Spivey most recently served as director of business development at Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants.

Prior to his six years with Lettuce Entertain You, he worked as an admissions counselor for Millikin University, Decatur, Ill., and as arts and dance coordinator for Decatur Family YMCA/Macon County YWCA. He was a youth servant companion for the 2012 ELCA Youth Gathering in New Orleans and is a member of Ebenezer Lutheran Church in Chicago. 

In his new positon, Copley-Spivey will be responsible for building the annual giving program, driving a cohesive communication strategy for all areas of giving, and cultivating a portfolio of leadership donors as LSTC prepares for its comprehensive fundraising campaign. In developing and implementing gift strategies, Copley-Spivey will work directly with the Advancement leadership team, volunteers and board members in identifying, cultivating and soliciting leadership giving prospects.

“We’re tremendously excited to welcome Rickey, who brings significant marketing and business development experience as well as a passion for the church and its leaders,” said Clyde Andrew Walter, LSTC Campaign Director and Major Gift Officer. “I’m confident Rickey’s work will support LSTC’s goals to significantly increase fundraising and donor engagement in order to strengthen leadership development for the church.”

Copley-Spivey said this position is an answer to the call he has felt for some time to use his skills to raise funds for a nonprofit organization.

I want to go to work every day and know that I have made a difference. I want my work to support the growth of the church.  I want my work to support social justice.  This position is the perfect intersection of my faith and work life.

Copley-Spivey has a bachelor of science degree in communication and behavior science from Millikin University and is working toward a master’s degree from Roosevelt University. He currently serves as secretary on the board of directors for the LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois.


Mark Van Scharrel

Vice President for Advancement


Julie Sevig

Communications Specialist - Advancement


Jan Boden

Director of Communication and Marketing


The Lutheran School of Theology (LSTC) is dedicated to bearing witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. Based in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, it is the leading urban Lutheran seminary training students for purposeful vocations in the global community. Aligned with its Lutheran heritage and built on a foundation of intellectual rigor, LSTC’s innovative, nationally recognized curriculum gives students skills for visionary Christian leadership in the public sphere.

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