Your financial gifts support our students

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”
― Charles Dickens

The work of Lexington Theological Seminary in preparing faithful leaders for the Church of Jesus Christ is made possible through generous donations.

Financial gifts are used to support:

  • Scholarship funds
  • Continuing education opportunities for lay leaders and current pastors
  • Award-winning Faculty
  • Technological infrastructure to provide seamless online education
  • Staff dedicated to all stakeholders in the mission – including our students, alumni, donors, congregations, and communities
  • Physical space and material support needed to achieve our mission

Have questions?

Contact the Office of Advancement to learn more about how your gifts can grow … and grow.

Main Number: (859) 280-1241

Mark Blankenship, Vice President of Advancement
(859) 280-1250

Katherine Alexander, Director of Alumni and Church Relations
(859) 280-1203

Taylor Kimberlain, Advancement Associate for Church Relations and Stewardship
(859) 280-1214

Deena Ainslie, Database Manager and Asssistant to the VP for Advancement
(859) 280-1241

How to give

LTS prepares faithful leaders to participate in God’s mission for the world through innovative instruction, congregational experiences, and compassionate engagement with the needs of society.

Our world needs good pastors and leaders.

Each and every financial gift, no matter the size, is gratefully received by LTS.

Online Giving Options


Send a Check

Mail your check made payable to “Lexington Theological Seminary” to:

Lexington Theological Seminary
230 Lexington Green Circle, Suite 300
Lexington, KY 40503

Bank Draft

Donation monthly via bank draft is an easy way to give! It means that you don’t have to update your credit card information when it expires, and more of your donation goes to the ministry you care about. Your gift may be made monthly via electronic draft from your checking or savings account.

Three ways to give automatically from your bank:

  1. Ask your bank to automatically send a check from your checking account each month.
  2. Click HERE to download this giving form; just fill it out and mail* back to LTS.
  3. Call Deena Ainslie at 859-280-1241 with your bank information:

Name of Bank
Routing Number
Account Number
Frequency of donation

*Emailing your bank information is not a secure method of sending information unless you encrypt the document.

Transfer Stock

Transferring appreciated stocks and securities to Lexington Theological Seminary is a great way to make a charitable gift, and you can benefit in two ways. When you donate publicly traded stocks to LTS that have been held long-term (owned for more than one year), you may avoid capital gains taxes. Plus, you may take the full fair market value of the gift (on the date it is transferred, rather than the amount you originally paid for it) as a charitable deduction on your income taxes.

The easiest way to make this kind of gift to LTS is to have your broker electronically transfer the stock from your account to ours. Call us for all the information you’ll need.

IRA Charitable Rollover

The IRA charitable rollover allows taxpayers aged 70½ or older to donate up to $100,000 from their individual retirement accounts (IRAs) directly to charitable nonprofits, meaning that it is not first recognized as income.

Members of the Pension Fund with a Tax-Deferred Retirement Account (TDRA) may roll it over into a traditional IRA to make a gift with the same outcome –- no income tax.

Check with your tax advisor to see if a gift from your IRA is appropriate for your situation, then easily set up a transfer to LTS with your IRA plan administrator.

Charitable Annuity and Trust Gifts

Charitable Gift Annuities and Charitable Remainder Trusts give a donor the opportunity to create a gift now that provides a lifetime income for the donor while deferring the gift for the Seminary to sometime in the future.

The development staff will be pleased to consult with you as you plan a charitable gift annuity or charitable trust that meets your needs and fulfills your desire to support the education of ministers for the church.

Named Endowment Fund

A named endowment fund is an appropriate way to remember or honor a loved one or to honor a minister or congregation. You may establish a named endowment fund for a specific purpose or for greatest need. An endowment for a specific purpose uses only the investment income each year. Restricted endowments support many activities such as faculty, scholarships, academic programs, library services, special awards, or technology. Named endowment funds for greatest need allow the Board of Trustees to determine how it uses the fund income. The donor of a restricted or unrestricted named endowment fund may select the name for the fund.

The Christian Church Foundation, a ministry of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in United States and Canada, can provide you with many ways you can give to Lexington Theological Seminary. As a qualified charitable organization, the Foundation supports and enables you to accomplish your stewardship plans. Through estate gifts, life income plans, and named funds, the Foundation gives your dollars to the Seminary for the training of lay and ordained leaders of the Church. For assistance in your charitable gift planning for the Seminary you may contact the Foundation at or (800) 668-8016.

Planned Giving: Make a bequest in your will

Giving to the Seminary through your estate plan makes a difference even after your lifetime. Your passion for making a positive impact through good education can continue to support the ministry of LTS for generations of students.

You can direct, through a bequest in your will, how much you wish to give to the seminary –- either a specific dollar amount or a percentage of the estate to be given. You may also tell us how you wish for the gift to be used. If you have already or are planning to include the Seminary in your will please let us know.

The development staff will be happy to assist you in planning a rewarding bequest.

Beneficiary Designations

Support Lexington Theological Seminary’s work in ministry even after your lifetime with a beneficiary designation. Just name LTS as a beneficiary to receive assets such as retirement plans and life insurance policies after you’re gone. You simply fill out a form that is entirely separate from your will—which makes this approach an easy way to give.

Not only is it an easy way to give, but it’s also flexible—you aren’t locked into the choices you make today. You can review and adjust beneficiary designations anytime you want.

Contact us to let us know about your plans or to find out more about naming LTS as a beneficiary.