Leave a Lasting Legacy


Everything that we have is a gift that God places in our care during our lifetimes. We each have the privilege, responsibility, and joy of being a steward, of caring for loved ones, for God’s creation, and also creating gifts for Christian ministry.

As you plan your own legacy that will reflect your faith and values, the Lutheran Foundation of the Southwest is here to assist you. We are here to help you care for your family and benefit Lutheran ministries, as well as your other favorite community and other non-profit organizations.

Lutheran Foundation of the Southwest provides comprehensive gift planning and management, personalized to your goals and your unique family and financial situation. The gifts the foundation receives and stewards are on behalf of other ministries.

Triumphant Love Lutheran Church will host a Legacy Giving for Family and Ministry Seminar on Sunday, November 14, during the 10 a.m. adult Faith in Action Sunday School hour. Deacon John Dellis, our synod gift planner with the foundation, will be with us to talk about options and possibilities for the future for our congregation.

During the seminar, we’ll discuss:

  • How to care and provide for family and other loved ones and provide legacy gifts for
    ministry and other non-profit organizations.
  • Review options for legacy gift sharing that will bless future generations forever.
  • That the foundation’s services to the members of our congregation are provided at
    no cost and no obligation.

Deacon John Dellis is director of legacy planning and gift planner for the Southwestern Texas Synod through Lutheran Foundation of the Southwest. He enjoys meeting with congregational members from across our synod to assist them in planning legacy gifts for family and ministry. He also works directly with congregations and their leaders to help them to be prepared to receive, celebrate, and steward well legacy gifts from members and friends.

Ordained in 1987, he has served at St. Luke’s Lutheran Hospital in San Antonio, Texas Lutheran University, and St. Peter’s Lutheran Church of Ander, Goliad, prior to being called to the foundation staff in 2016. He is chair of the candidacy committee for the Southwestern Texas Synod.

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