Anita B. Lustrea appointed as new Director of Alumni and Church Relations

We are very excited to formally announce that Anita Lustrea will be joining the Advancement staff as the Director of Alumni and Church Relations. Throughout the last year, we have identified the need for a concentrated alumni engagement effort to better serve our alumni and our growing Northern family. In this new role, Anita will work to cultivate and steward relationships with Northern’s graduates and closest supporters.

Over the last 17 years, Anita has hosted “Midday Connection” – a live one-hour daily call-in show broadcasted nationally through Moody Radio. This program provided a comfortable atmosphere for discussing spiritual, emotional, relational and practical issues, and it has received critical acclaim including the National Program of the Year award by National Religious Broadcasters in 2008.


Prior to her years on the radio, Anita coordinated a nationally broadcasted concert series, wrote devotional content for a nationally broadcasted music program, and managed events for programs like “Friday Sing” and “Sunday Praise.” Additionally, Anita has led a speaking ministry for the last 15 years, authored and co-authored 5 books, been involved with 5 respected professional associations, and served as a worship leader at various churches within the Chicagoland area. Her experience in leadership, event planning, writing, and program development lends well to the needs within our new Alumni Relations office.

Anita has a passion for the development of church leaders, and she has a proven track record for building relationships that result in an increased impact on God’s Kingdom. As a part of her own mission to “assist men and women to make vital connections with Christ and their community,” Anita is a perfect fit for this new role.

Joining us in November, Anita will work to further our connections and ultimately advance Northern’s mission to Equip the Church to Change the World. The seminary is very excited to welcome Anita to the team. As she makes this transition in November, please congratulate Anita in her appointment as Director of Alumni and Church Relations.

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