The team has over 40 years of experience in serving churches and not-for-profit organizations with their real estate and financial needs.
LCEF believes that “ministry should dictate real estate” and not the other way around, and so the RES team was formed to work alongside the people or organizations it serves to help them develop and/or execute the best strategy to support their ministry objectives.
Whether working with an individual church, organization or district, this team becomes an extension of that ministry to help them best steward their entrusted assets. We understand that every dollar saved goes toward building the Kingdom, and we take our role and responsibility in the process very seriously.
Property Analysis | Strategy Sessions | Highest and Best-Use Analysis
Many congregations or districts have a need to simply talk through a specific opportunity, challenge or strategic initiative. The RES team is here to listen and help you put action behind the ideas. With dedicated research analysts and industry professionals, we are strategically positioned to think through any unique challenges you may be facing and develop solutions to navigate through the options.
Acquisition | Selling | Leasing
The RES team offers a wide variety of transactional services, including those related to acquiring, selling or leasing property and more. The team has amassed more than 40 years of transactional experience throughout the United States across all asset types, encompassing denomination owned properties, independent churches, schools, community-oriented properties, land, retail, industrial, healthcare and senior living properties.
Operations | Vendor Management | Capital Stewardship
Managing and operating special-use property can be very complex and challenging. That is why the RES team of experts is dedicated to assisting organizations with operating their buildings at maximum efficiency, ensuring safe environments, managing capital budgets/improvements and stewarding the property to empower them to reach their core mission.
Construction Management | Planning & Design | Permitting & Entitlements
The RES team aims to understand the vision for any project before ever turning the first shovel of dirt. It has been an honor to partner with organizations that are positively impacting our communities, and we are proud to have developed over one million square feet of global ministry centers, school campuses and not-for profit headquarters. From conceptualization and design to construction and turnover, our experienced team guides the entire project.
THOMAS G. CAMPBELL — SR. VICE PRESIDENT-REAL ESTATE SOLUTIONS
Thomas joined Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) this year leading the Real Estate division. Prior to joining LCEF, Thomas was Vice President of the Real Estate division at AbleLight, Inc. (formally Bethesda Lutheran Communities, Inc). During the last three years at AbleLight, Inc., Campbell built a real estate team that managed the existing real estate portfolio and created an integrated housing initiative across the US.
Prior to AbleLight, Inc., Thomas was the principal executive at Campbell Corporation. During his 27 years at Camp-bell Corporation, Thomas developed, constructed, managed and owned a real estate portfolio including multifamily, seniors housing and hotels throughout the States of Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Not only has Thomas applied his real estate development expertise on his own behalf, but he has used his real-life experiences to consult with hundreds of for profit and non-profit organizations as a real estate owner’s representative, managing the development and construction of diverse real estate projects throughout the United States and the world. For over twenty years, Thomas has been leveraging key development tools such as TIF, tax-exempt bonds, LIHTC, RD 515 and others. Thomas has successfully completed real estate projects valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars in the residential, commercial, hospitality and industrial real estate segments.
SUSAN SCHAEFER—VICE PRESIDENT-REAL ESTATE SOLUTIONS
Susan Schaefer has served LCEF in various roles for 20 years, including the Executive Office under the current President and CEO and his predecessor. She was part of the formation of LCEF’s Real Estate Solutions Department in 2020.
Susan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management/Administration and a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, along with her Missouri Broker’s License. Her real estate experience has been primarily in the residential segment, though her role in managing LCEF’s real estate portfolio has provided expansion of knowledge in the commercial sector.
Susan has a servant heart and deep understanding of the inner workings of ministries, having served the LCMS for over 30 years in roles at Concordia Seminary-St. Louis and several churches and also as a pastor’s wife.
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