Meet Allison Kochheiser, 2019 Streufert Award Recipient
The Board of Directors of WLI proudly introduce the 2019 recipient of the Dr. Donna J. Streufert Leadership Award, Allison Kochheiser. The Streufert Award recognizes one or more female students at Concordia University Wisconsin (CUW) and Concordia University Ann Arbor (CUAA) whom have demonstrated exceptional and/or unusual servant leadership as demonstrated by Jesus Christ. Miss Kochheiser was selected to receive the award for her exemplary leadership at CUW, which includes a $500 scholarship and plaque of recognition on the CUW campus.
Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, Allison Kochheiser has always used service as a way to live out her faith. This year was Allison’s first year on Campus Ministry Leadership Team (CMLT) that truly enabled her to be the hand and feet of God. She was able to lead and serve alongside other CMLT members at Feeding America, a nonprofit organization that is a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks that feed more than 46 million people through food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and other community-based agencies. Allison also led the student-group, Beautiful Feet, which planned a service project in conjunction with its annual conference. She also gave her time to Students for Life and A Place of Refuge, a home for expectant/new mothers, among others.
December 2019 graduate, Allison was a Theology major in CUW’s Lay Ministry Program with Youth Ministry and Missions specializations. As part of her program, Allison took an unpaid position at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church (SOTV) Church last summer, where she participated in many ministry areas such as leading children’s sermons, leading adult Bible study, leading devotions for a special needs camp, and ministry to the YMCA. Following graduation, Allison has applied to the LCMS Office of International Mission to be an overseas missionary.
At her home congregation, Allison serves as part of an informal group that makes sure the called church workers are well taken care of, by organizing encouraging cards or a night out, ensuring they take proper rest to refuel for their vocations.
Congratulations Allison and God’s blessings on your leadership development and career! Read more of her ministry experience in her personal essay.WLI