Lumen Christi Award


Our gracious Lord continues to bless the ministry of the English District of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod by providing dedicated and talented professional and volunteer teachers in child, youth, adult, and family ministry areas. The servants of the Lord exercise their abilities in many creative and unique ways in the Christian nurture of God’s people. The Lumen Christi award is presented to publicly recognize the service of teachers, to further promote and encourage all professional and volunteer teachers, and to recognize the use of their talents and abilities in service to our Lord.



2018 Lumen Christi Award Recipients

District Volunteer Educator of the Year: Terry Leu  

Prince of Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Medina, Ohio

District Educator of the Year: Kim Sperry

Christ the Shepherd Lutheran Church, Alpharetta, Georgia

 Lifetime Ministry Service Award

Mr. Les Morris 

West Portal Lutheran School, San Francisco, California 

2016 Lumen Christi Award Recipients

District Educator of the Year: Midwest Region Volunteer Staff

Jill Giannotta Concordia Lutheran Church, Berwyn, IL



2016 Lumen Christi Award Recipients

District Educator of the Year: Great Lakes Region Volunteer Staff - Kenneth Freeman St. Mark Lutheran Church, Mississauga, ON


District Educator of the Year: Eastern Region Volunteer Staff - Barbara Taylor Peace Lutheran Church, McMurray, PA


District Educator of the Year: Western Region Volunteer Staff - Julia MacGowan   

Lutheran Church of the Risen Savior, Green Valley, AZ




District Educator of the Year: Professional Staff - Joanne Webb Little Lambs Academy, New Berlin, WI



Past Winners

Check out all the info on our past winners in this downloadable document.

All nominations are to be submitted on the webform (linked below) no later than March 1,  2019. If desired, a paper copy of the form can be requested by contacting the English District office. The award winners will be selected and the actual awards will be presented to them before their congregations on one Sunday during spring. All who are nominated will receive a letter of congratulations for having been considered worthy candidates.


The criteria established for the LUMEN CHRISTI AWARD are stated as follows:

  1. Very Committed to Ministry and Mission,
  2. Highly Dedicated to Parish,
  3. Readily Witnesses to Christ, a Spiritual Example, and
  4. A Particularly Effective Educator.


A. Professional Staff: (ANY FULL-TIME OR PART-TIME EDUCATOR) that has worked for a congregation, school or ministry of the English District during the current school year. Includes principals, preschool and child care directors, and Directors of Christian Education as well as all teachers. B. Congregational Volunteer Educator: Any English District church member that has voluntarily taken on responsibility for teaching or administration on behalf of one of his or her congregation's programs of Christian education during the past year. * To Access the Lumen Christi forms click on the appropriate link below: