2012 LINC Gala included a large and notable guest list of supporters.
On December 4, 2012, LINC Houston held its 4th annual Gala at the Junior League of Houston. This incredible evening was attended by nearly 300 of LINC's partners, donors and volunteers. With a beautifully decorated room, delicious food and hundreds of quality auction items, LINC not only raised over $35,000 at the event but also celebrated ten years as an organization. Among those honored were three outgoing board members, Dr. Donald Christian - Chairman, Jerry Lohr - Vice Chairman and Rev. Steve Sohns.
Dr. Lou Jander receiving his award: Also pictured Chairman Dr. Don Christian and Executive Director Mark Junkans.
A highlight of the evening was the awards ceremony where three individuals were honored for their part in helping LINC begin over ten years ago. Dr. Lou Jander was honored for his tireless work to organize congregations around the idea of LINC before it was even a reality. As Mission and Ministry Facilitator of the Texas District, Dr. Jander organized meetings and directed the energy and excitement of local congregations to form LINC Houston, a new model for ministry that was already functioning in the Dallas / Fort Worth area. Dr. Jander was accompanied by his wife Martha.
Rev. Ken Hennings - 2012 Gala Honoree
The second honoree at the evening's event was Rev. Ken Hennings, President of the Texas District - LCMS. When LINC Houston began, Rev. Hennings was acting as the Mission Executive for the Texas District, and encouraged the Board for Mission Administration to award LINC Houston a multi-year startup grant. Under Rev. Hennings' leadership, the Texas District has become known as one of the most forward thinking and mission-friendly Districts in the denomination. Rev. Hennings was accompanied by his wife Val.
LINC Gala Honoree Dr. Gerald B. Kieschnick addressing those in attendance.
The third honoree was Rev. Dr. Gerald B. Kieschnick, past President of the 2.6 million member Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and former President of the Texas District. Dr. Kieschnick was acting President when LINC began, and helped create a mission atmosphere in Texas where innovative ministries like LINC Houston could grow. Dr. Kieschnick was present at the gala with his wife Terry.
LINC Houston's Directors: Rev. David and Juhee Kim, Rev. Mark and Natalia Junkans
This event was made possible by some amazing partners and collaborators, most notably:
Saint John Cypress- Sisters in Service, Thrivent Southwest Houston, Thrivent West Houston, Thrivent Fort Bend County
Lawrence Lieder, Feucht Family, Rev. & Mrs. Vincent Parks, Craig Chancellor, St. Timothy Lutheran Church, Texas District CEF, Fishers of Men Lutheran Church, Sylvia Schmidt, Trinity Lutheran Church
Ed & Elizabeth Gallmeimer, St. John Lutheran Church, Dr. Donald and Deborah Christian, Salem Lutheran Church, Rev. Stephen Sohns, Hilltop Lutheran Church
Gloria Morales, Rev. Lawrence Kelm, Mark & Ruth Hansen, Jessica Bartley, Rev. Alfred Scholz, Mary Swanson, Ward Construction Co.