Lovstad-Jones joins Missouri Synod as LMI outreach manager
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ST. LOUIS—November 4, 2011—Dionne Lovstad-Jones has joined The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) as the manager of development outreach for the Lutheran Malaria Initiative (LMI), an unprecedented campaign to mobilize U.S. Lutherans in the global effort to eliminate malaria deaths in Africa by 2015. LMI goals are to increase awareness of malaria and raise $45 million to help fight the disease.
As LMI’s outreach manager, Lovstad-Jones is responsible for organizing and coordinating participation in LMI among congregations, schools and LCMS-related organizations nationwide.
LMI is a partnership of Baltimore, Md.,-based Lutheran World Relief and the LCMS and is made possible through support from the United Nations Foundation.
Lovstad-Jones most recently served as associate director of University Leadership Relations for Valparaiso University in Indiana. She joined the university in 2007 as development director, and was promoted to associate director in 2009. Lovstad-Jones also served as director of Development and Alumni Relations at La Lumiere School in La Porte, Ind., (2005-2007); director of marketing for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources in Indianapolis (2004-2005); and executive director of the La Porte County Convention and Visitors Bureau in Michigan City, Ind., (2000-2004).
Lovstad-Jones earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri, Columbia.
“The LCMS LMI team is blessed to have Dionne join our effort,” said Martha Mitkos, LMI director for the LCMS. “Her expertise in fundraising, strategic planning and engagement will provide an essential link for communication and resource development within our Synod.”
About The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS), is a mission-oriented, Bible-based, confessional Christian denomination headquartered in St. Louis, Mo. Founded in 1847, the LCMS has more than 2.3 million baptized members in some 6,200 congregations and more than 9,000 pastors. Two seminaries and 10 colleges and universities operate under the auspices of the LCMS, and its congregations operate the largest Protestant parochial school system in America. The church broadcasts the saving message of Jesus Christ over KFUO Radio, and it has relationships and active mission work in 89 countries around the world. In the last five years, the LCMS has awarded more than $35 million through more than 900 domestic and international grants for emergency response and disaster relief. Today, the LCMS is in full doctrinal fellowship with 33 other confessional Lutheran church bodies worldwide and is a founding partner of Lutheran Services in America, a social ministry organization serving one in every 50 Americans. For more information, visit www.lcms.org.