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VP of Mission Advancement Scharlemann Honored with Award

Jonathan Scharlemann honored with award for years of service

Belle Plaine, MN—On January 15, The Lutheran Home Association presented Jonathan Scharlemann with the 2013 Care of the Soul Leadership Award. Scharlemann, of Redwood Falls, Minnesota, has long been a respected force in the area of Mission Advancement. With a Christ-centered approach, Scharlemann has earned an outstanding reputation as a dedicated professional working with families and individuals to help them plan for the future.

In his signature style, he has guided them to be good stewards of the blessings God has entrusted to their care through charitable plans that provide for their families and the Lord’s work into the future. One of the most important goals for people is that their loved ones know Christ and will join them in heaven for eternity. Through Christian estate planning, people can address the earthly needs of the church and their loved ones while helping to sustain the Lord’s work here.

Scharlemann has helped hundreds of individuals and families accomplish this goal through his many years of service to the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) through his work as a Gift Planning Counselor with the WELS Ministry of Planned Giving from 1988-2002, as the Director of Mission Advancement for The Lutheran Home Association (TLHA) from 2002-2006 and as the Vice President of Mission Advancement for Martin Luther College. Throughout his years of service, he has also trained and mentored many men and women in this very important field, leaving a legacy of giving far into the future. A wonderful nickname for Scharlemann would be the “great encourager.”

The award recognizes men and women who faithfully serve the Lord and provide leadership in the area of special ministries, with an emphasis on creating public awareness about these ministries in congregations and individuals and sharing the Gospel.

Now in its 114th year, TLHA remains steadfast in its commitment to provide for the care of the soul. TLHA serves persons with intellectual, developmental and other disabilities; Alzheimer’s disease and dementia; those needing specialized care and rehabilitative therapies and offers independent living options for active seniors.

The not-for-profit Christian ministry is supported by more than 200 Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod and Evangelical Lutheran Synod association congregations nationwide. St. John’s in Redwood Falls, St. John’s in New Ulm, Zion in New Ulm and St. Paul’s in New Ulm are members of this association.

TLHA’s roots are in Belle Plaine, Minnesota, but its influence and impact have grown to other areas. Health care, housing and services are offered in Beverly Hills, Florida; River Falls, Fountain City and Watertown, Wisconsin, and in Mankato and Belle Plaine, Minnesota.

To learn more about TLHA, please visit or call its National Ministry Offices at (952) 873-6000 or 1-888-600-TLHA (8542).

Photo caption: Jon Scharlemann (center) receives his award from Michael Klatt (left), President and CEO of TLHA and Arvid Schwartz (right), Chairman of the Board of Directors.