The Honorable Edward J. Schoenbaum and Mrs. Sarah Schoenbaum have dedicated much of their lives to social ministry activities. That commitment is woven throughout their life's story.
When Ed was completing his seminary training, he wrote his Master's thesis on the topic of "equipping lay people for ministry in the world." "Because of my thesis, I decided that instead of standing in the pulpit telling people what they ought to do, I would attempt to be a role model of what a non-pastor could do with his/her God-given knowledge, skills and talents to help the world."
Today, Ed continues to be a servant leader and volunteers as Chair of the LCMS Central Illinois District Constitution Committee, a volunteer at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, and as a contributor for the State of Illinois Oral History Museum just to name a few.
When Ed settled his family in Springfield, he was a founding member of a Pan-Lutheran group of community leaders who regularly met to discuss how they could better support struggling families. LCFS was also a part of that group and a strong connection grew. Over the years, Ed has served on the LCFS Board of Trustees and Foundation Board. "I feel blessed that God has used my talents, my experience and knowledge, and my resources to help the world and people in need."
Ed admires his wife and credits her for her role in taking responsibility for their finances and their smart charitable giving strategy. "Over the years, my wife and I have put money into my 401(k) or other investments. When I turned 70 ½ , we decided to use our required minimum distribution to benefit worthy organizations like LCFS, while saving on taxes," explained Ed. "We support LCFS because there are so many families and kids who need help, and we know LCFS helps a lot of people in a lot of different ways."
If you are interested in learning more about how you can make a difference for LCFS while taking advantage of tax benefits click here or contact Marylyn Rodgers at (708) 488-5557 or Marylyn_Rodgers@lcfs.org.