Hillcrest Lutheran Academy welcomes Todd Mathison as the new Chief Advancement Officer. Todd served at Darmouth College in the advancement department, and the Church of the Lutheran Brethren (CLB) in home missions, giving him nine years of advancement experience to add to his sixteen years of pastoral ministry from the CLB in California and Minnesota.
Todd graduated from Hillcrest Academy in 1979, received his Master of Divinity at Lutheran Brethren Seminary in 1989, and earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from Luther Seminary in 2011.
During Todd's time at the Seminary he was asked to represent Hillcrest Academy at Tuscarora Inn for a winter weekend youth retreat. Through a series of events, including a 6am call requesting his service, finding a substitute preacher for his 10am chapel service that morning, a meeting with a church council for a church plant oppotunity at 9am, Todd boarded his flight before noon, represented Hillcrest at the winter retreat, and met his future wife, Anne, on the bike path near the Delaware Water Gap. Todd and his wife have two children, both attended and graduated from Hillcrest Academy. The mission and vision of Hillcrest not only provided a path for Todd to meet his wife, but saw his family supported as his children received a renowned college preparatory, Biblically-based, Christian education.
As Hillcrest continues to grow in both student enrollment and financial stability it is looking to enhance the reach of the ministry. Todd's arrival to Hillcrest coincides perfectly with the Student Union Project, a renovation of the former Seminary building to a student commons, dining hall, and commercial kitchen. The Student Union will provide space and resources for students to spend more time with staff and more time with eachother in Christian community. View the video to see a walk-thru tour from Todd.
Todd's role in advancement combines the offices of Development and Alumni Relations at Hillcrest. He will be based out of the Twin Cities, connecting with alumni and friends regionally and across the country. Todd has served as the chairman of Hillcrest's Board of Directors, but is stepping down from his post this summer to join Hillcrest's staff full-time. He mentions that his role in the Board is like looking out over a moving river and noticing the beauty, turns and churns in the current. Now on staff he is discovering the undercurrent at Hillcrest that provides the beautiful scene in his analogy. As his feet get wet with the ministry of Hillcrest in a different context, Todd remarks, "I am joining a passionate and committed team at Hillcrest, working to connect Hillcrest alumni and friends to partner together with us, to fulfill Hillcrest’s ongoing mission of preparing students for a life of eternal significance.”