Distinguished Service Award
The Distinguished Service Award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated the use of God’s gifts in outstanding public service. Lloyd and Ruth Probasco have served together for more than 40 years, consistently demonstrating their commitment to speak and live the Gospel message.
The Probascos are recognized for their passionate leadership, engagement and dedication to the many ministries they support with their time, talent and treasures. In addition, we celebrate their broad and deep understanding of and commitment to Christian stewardship, their unfailing witness to God’s work in their lives, their expertise in the fields of resource development and strategic planning, and their inspiring commitment to helping others steward God’s blessings.
In granting Lloyd and Ruth Probasco this award, Concordia thanks God for those who use their God-given talents to lead and encourage others in pursuit of the Gospel. We are pleased to confer upon Lloyd and Ruth Probasco the Distinguished Service Award.
Lloyd Probasco earned an Associate of Arts degree from Concordia College in Portland, now Concordia University, Portland, Oregon, in 1961, and attended Concordia Teachers College, now Concordia University, Nebraska. He also attended Weber State College in Ogden, Utah. He later earned Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and Development Marketing Associates (DMA) certifications.
Over the course of his career he has served as a fundraiser and fundraising consultant for a variety of ministries in The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod (LCMS), including several universities in the Concordia University System, and LCMS districts, congregations and organizations in Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma, through the LCMS Foundation.
Lloyd is a founding member of The Association of Lutheran Development Executives (ALDE) and has served as vice president, president, national mentoring chair and chaired the national conference in Kansas City. He has also received certification by the Development Marketing Associates and Concordia Center for Financial Leadership, Concordia University, Wisconsin.
His service in the LCMS is vast and includes serving on the foundation board for Concordia University, Nebraska; Board of Regents for Concordia College, Alabama; Lutheran Hour Ministries foundation board, and National Leadership Council for their SENT Initiative; Social Ministry Board for the LCMS Nebraska District and African Immigrant Missions AIM Board serving as chair of the strategic planning committee. Lloyd currently serves as Executive Director of the Rupert Dunklau Foundation.
Ruth Probasco earned an Associate of Arts degree from Concordia College in Portland, now Concordia University, Portland Oregon, in 1961. She then attended Concordia Teachers College in 1961-62 and was called to serve the church as a teacher for several years. She returned to Concordia University, Nebraska and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in organizational management in 1997. She spent most of those intervening years as a successful travel agent, earning her certification as a Certified Travel Counselor in 1984. Her philanthropic spirit is demonstrated through her work with the Rupert Dunklau Foundation serving on the Christ Lutheran Church Foundation Board as well as many other congregational, synodical and district offices. Her time serving as campaign director at Concordia Seminary, gift officer at Lutheran Family and Children’s Services in St. Louis, Missouri, Concordia University, Nebraska’s director of alumni and university relations, as well as her time as a successful travel agent, have gained her lifelong ministry partners from across the globe.
She is a member of ALDE and serves on the national and chapter mentoring committees. In addition, she serves the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League holding various offices and committees over the years including: national public relations committee, district vice-president, recording secretary and parliamentarian, zone secretary and society president. She is a member of Lutheran Hour Ministries national leadership team for the SENT Initiative, outreach pilot program in the Florida-Georgia District and is a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), volunteer for Lancaster County.
Both Lloyd and Ruth have been honored many times over. They received the ALDE Spirit of Giving Award from the Heartland chapter as well as the National recognition, the Concordia University Nebraska Alumni Association Partners in Ministry Award, the Legacy of Hope Award and Share the Hope Award presented by Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska.
The Probascos currently live in Lincoln, Nebraska, and work together in their business, Probasco Partners, Inc., a stewardship, gift planning and strategic planning consulting firm. They worship at Christ Lutheran Church in Lincoln, Nebraska. They have three adult sons, Curtis, Brent and Jason, thirteen grandchildren and four great grandchildren.