Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) is a unique ministry-through-investment organization that offers Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod members the opportunity to invest their money, earn interest, and help build LCMS churches and schools at the same time.

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Megan Findlay Awarded 2017 MNN LCEF Scholarship

Congratulations Megan Findlay! Megan is the 2017 Minnesota North District (MNN) Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) $1,000 Scholarship winner. She is a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Wheaton, Minnesota and will graduate from Wheaton Area Schools this spring. Megan plans to attend Minnesota State University of Moorhead this fall.

“Throughout [Megan’s] high school education, she has continually demonstrated academic and athletic excellence, compassionate leadership, and a steady commitment in all her endeavors,” wrote Wheaton Area Schools English/Language Arts Instructor Kathryn Minion. “She has been active in many civic and school organizations including Active Christian Teens, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), Girls State, Student Council, and National Honor Society. She has learned compassion and has demonstrated a desire to work and teach. Her leadership is strong but gentle, and she has demonstrated a clear desire to put others first.”

“Megan has a positive outlook on life,” wrote St. John’s Rev. Michael Breach. “Her career goal is to be a middle school math teacher, helping young teens understand math concepts more easily. Whatever Megan strives to do she will be hardworking to achieve success. She will confidently reach her goals. Having known Megan and seen her dedication, desire, and hardworking personality, she will accomplish whatever her goals are.”

MNN District LCEF is blessed to provide annual scholarships for active, faith-filled Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) students such as Megan. In her scholarship essay, Megan described the ministry of church extension like this, “LCEF has a biblical mission. This mission is our highest mission throughout life. We are called to proclaim Christ as our salvation, to be a light to the world. LCEF provides an opportunity through its mission to impact many people in a tremendous way.” LCMS members invest in LCEF — those invested dollars support loans and services throughout the church body. For more information on how you can partner with the ministry of church extension, visit or call 800-843-5233.

The remaining upper Midwest districts’ LCEF scholarships from Minnesota South, North and South Wisconsin and North Dakota Districts will be announced yet this spring. Follow our newsfeed and Facebook page for the most recent award announcements.