Reverend Albers Serving in Dual Role for Ascension Lutheran Christian School

Published on November 12th, 2018

On Reformation Sunday, 2018, Principal Rev. John Albers was installed as the executive director of the Lutheran School Corporation of Indiana and administrator for Ascension Lutheran Christian School.

Ascension is a high quality Lutheran school in Gary, Indiana that is community-based and Christ-centered. The school is a collaborative effort between several entities. The Lutheran School Corporation of Indiana owns the school and is an RSO of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. The school is operated by LUMIN (Lutheran Urban Mission Initiative), a nationally recognized Lutheran private school management organization. The school is hosted by Our Savior Lutheran Church, located at 1150 W. 49th Ave. in Gary.

The school has experienced promising growth since it first opened in August 2016 with 15 students in kindergarten through 2nd grade. This year, the school has expanded to 41 students and added third grade. Ascension is working toward their goal of adding a grade each year and reaching an enrollment of 200. The opportunity for outreach is significant, since currently only one Ascension student is an active member at a Lutheran church.

Principal Rev. Albers is balancing a dual role of being both the school administrator and the executive director, which means he not only oversees the day-to-day operations of the school and its staff, but he also develops different avenues of financial support for the school, including donor, grant, and congregational support.

Now in its second year of operation, the school will receive significant funding through the State of Indiana School Choice Scholarship program, which eases approximately 85% of the financial burden of the school budget; however, philanthropic support remains a critical element in expanding educational programs in the school. Because the Choice Scholarship is based on enrollment, the school is still heavily reliant on funding from congregations and donor support.

“Enrollment and finances go together,” Rev. Albers adds. “If we don’t have enrollment, then Choice Scholarship funding is limited. There’s still a gap, but it’s much more manageable. We’re in much better financial shape because of congregational and Indiana District support.”

His goals as both administrator and executive director include growing enrollment to 75 students next year, stabilizing and strengthening the faculty, and creating a stable base of financial support.

To find out more about Ascension Lutheran Christian School, contact Rev. Albers at 219-887-5031 or email him at jalbers@ascensionlutheranschool.org.