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.
Karen has been a Trustee with the foundation since June, 2016. She has also served on the Trinity Lutheran College Board of Directors since 2013. Karen was the Chief Financial Officer for the Port of Everett (WA) where she worked for 18 years before her retirement in 2013. Prior to that she worked for the City of Puyallup (WA) for 12 years. She is a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Everett, WA. She also volunteers on the Board of the Dawson Place Child Advocacy Center in Everett, WA.
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.
Everett (Ev) has served with the foundation since 2007. Prior to that he served on the Trinity Lutheran College Board of Directors from 2001-2007. Ev did his undergraduate studies at Pacific Lutheran University and obtained his law degree from Willamette University in Salem, OR. He is a private practice attorney in Tacoma, WA and specializes in real estate law.
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.
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.
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.
Kelly has been the Executive Director of 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.
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.
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.