2023 Ministry Report

2023 Ministry Report

I am delighted to share with you the impact of your generosity and support as we present the 2023 Annual Report for the Lutheran Elementary School Association (LESA). In this report, you will see the tangible outcomes from your partnership with us.  

Your commitment to our mission has been instrumental in helping provide access to high-quality Christian education for students and families across the St. Louis metro area. 

We know that a Christian education is essential for the holistic development of our students. It goes beyond academics, instilling values such as compassion, integrity, and service. A Christian foundation provides the framework for learning that encourages critical thinking, moral reasoning, and a deep sense of purpose. 

Thank you for your support of our students and schools. Together, we are making a difference in the lives of young people and shaping the leaders of tomorrow.  


Libby Gutberlet
CEO, Lutheran Elementary School Association 

Our Ministry Impact



Educational Resources

STEM Learning

6 schools competed in the Youth Coding League with LESA financial support, introducing students in grades 5-8 to computer science and coding

242 students experienced 1,132 hours of STEM learning and robotics through LEGOs

Student Support

665 students in 4 schools received 2,508 hours of counseling through $9,200 in LESA grants

Faculty Development

500 faculty members received 1,793 hours of professional development across 5 events

79% of educators stated the LESA professional development is beneficial to them in their school ministry.

5 teachers received LESA scholarships to attend TEC21, a yearlong program that equips teachers serving in Lutheran schools to use technology to engage, motivate and educate children for life

Tuition Assistance

$562,402 in scholarships was awarded to 655 students. 38% were first awards.

Joint Marketing

School Marketing

LESA Scholarships

LESA Marketing Support
for Enrollment

Lutheran Schools are the fastest growing Christian private school district in the Metro area. Enrollment is up 3% to 9500 students. (FY23—end of June 2023)

Board of Directors

Dennis Kemper, Chairman 

Rev. Alan Erdman, Vice-Chairman 

Jacquelyn Branneky, Treasurer

Marilyn Brickler, Chair Emeritus & Secretary 

Michael Becker 

John Crumrine 

Jim Eckrich 

Rev. David Gruenwald

Leah Harris 

Paul Niewald 

Jeffrey Schmitt 

Kip Starnes 

Alan Vogt 

Ananda Baron, Advisory Director

Dr. Mel Sandfort, Advisory Director

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