Halverson to Lead ECC Advancement Office

CHICAGO, IL (February 4, 2011) – Cynthia J. Halverson has joined the Evangelical Covenant Church team as executive director for advancement, it was announced today by President Gary Walter.

This position leads the Office for Advancement, responsible for all aspects of the Covenant’s individual-focused philanthropic relationships (not including affiliated institutions such as North Park University and others).

“We are delighted to welcome her as part of our ministry team,” said Walter in making the announcement. “Her heart for advancing the mission of God and understanding the unique dynamics for development in a denominational context make her uniquely qualified. The ministry opportunities available to us will best be realized as more people join in support of our shared mission.”

A graduate of Valparaiso University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and English, she brings extensive experience in the donor development field. Halverson most recently served as director for development services for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and as president of the ELCA Foundation.

Prior to her work with ELCA, Halverson served as vice president of The Alford Group, a national consulting firm, working with a variety of clients in campaign management, major gift cultivation and solicitation, and fundraising planning and management.

She previously served as vice president for resource development for Lutheran Social Service of Illinois, directing a comprehensive resource development system focusing on volunteer leadership, philanthropic support and public relations in producing a high level of financial support. She also has served as director of development for Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois, directing fund raising and communications programs.

“I am excited about this opportunity to contribute to the vibrant ministry of the Evangelical Covenant Church,” Halverson said today. “From my first encounter with President Walter over a cup of coffee, I knew that the Spirit was in the kingdom-building mode through this church. I pray that my gifts and experience will be a blessing to the mission and ministry of this church for the sake of God’s work in the world.”

Halverson and her family reside in Oak Park, Illinois. She will assume her new responsibilities on March 1.

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