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
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.
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.
ANDY HESTERMAN — ASSOC. AIA, SR. DIRECTOR-REAL ESTATE
Andy joined LCEF in May 2023. Andy has been practicing architecture for over 12 years and has served clients in most all target markets within the field. One of Andy’s many career-related passions is urban design and community-based projects, where he is able to accomplish projects by leading and working with teams to comprehensive, realistic and efficient solutions. Andy will continue to serve in an architectural role on LCEF projects when needed as a project designer and project manager.
Andy will also continue to grow his knowledge-base in the field of Commercial Realty, where he is able to leverage critical thinking combined with design to accomplish projects with unique scope solutions and various capital stacks.
Andy received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from Ball State University, College of Architecture and Planning and is pursuing his remaining examinations to accomplish architectural licensure.
DOROTHY GEISZ — ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT – REAL ESTATE SOLUTIONS
Dorothy brings seven years of team support in various capacities, including four years with a Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod congregation, and three years of non-profit work.
In previous roles, Dorothy has worked significantly on assisting the development and support of cross-functional teams. She is using her career experiences by assisting in the streamlining of processes and providing project management support to the Real Estate Solutions team.
Dorothy is excited to support Real Estate Solutions projects and help identify opportunities to provide the best service to those LCEF serves.
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