Recipients of the Degree of Doctor of Divinity Degree
Lee Butz has long been committed to the life of the community, with interests in the church, the arts, education, health, social services and civic affairs. He headed Alvin H. Butz, Inc., the oldest and largest construction company of its kind in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley, from 1973 to 2007, when he became chairman. Alvin H. Butz, Inc., was selected to the 2010 Inner City 100 by The Initiative for a Competitive Inner City and Bloomberg Businessweek. Butz was ranked 43rd in the list of 100 fastest-growing, successful inner-city companies and their CEOs as role models for entrepreneurship, innovative business practices and job creation in America's urban communities.
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Butz, a native of Allentown, Pennsylvania, graduated from Lehigh University in 1955 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. His career at Alvin H. Butz., Inc., began in high school, interrupted by service in the U.S. Army from 1955 until 1957. He is a registered professional engineer and holds an Honorary Doctor of Engineering degree from Muhlenberg College and an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from DeSales University.
His education involvement includes membership on a number of advisory boards including the President's Council of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, the President's Associates at Lehigh University and the Executive Board of the Lehigh Valley Vocational Industrial Clubs of America (VICA) Industry Council. He chairs the Education 2010! initiative in Allentown and its surrounding school districts, and served on the Governor's Committee on Early Childhood Education.
Butz and his wife, Dolly, have established The Lee and Dolly Butz Scholarship Fund at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia to help develop the next generation of proactive leaders in the Lehigh Valley develop specialized skills to revitalize urban communities.
The Rev. John Huneke
The Rev. John Huneke has served as pastor at Reformation Lutheran Church, Brooklyn, NY since 1973, the fourth congregation in a long and faithful career that spans more than 50 years. His more than half-century of service to the church serves as an example of faithful stewardship, as well as pastoral leadership, providing a ministry of compassion, presence, and proclamation of God's gift of justification by God's grace through faith.
Pr. Huneke was born in Brooklyn, NY, on August 6, 1931. He graduated from Columbia College, Morningside Heights, NY, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1953, and entered The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) later that year. He graduated with a Master of Divinity in 1956. During his time at LTSP, he also studied at Union Theological Seminary in New York between 1953-54. He continued his education at Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge MA, where he was awarded the Master of Theology in 1958.
Pr. Huneke was ordained into the ministry by the United Lutheran Church in America in 1958. Throughout his ministry, he has served four Lutheran congregations in metropolitan New York: Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Brooklyn, Trinity Lutheran Church, Middle Village, Queens, St. John's Lutheran Church, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, and, since 1973, he has served at Reformation Lutheran Church in Brooklyn, NY. He was also called upon to serve interim ministries at St. John's (Milton St) and Lutheran Church of the Messiah (Russell St.), both in Brooklyn, while concurrently serving at Reformation.
The Honorable Charles A Schieren, the Mayor of Brooklyn, merchant, entrepreneur and philanthropist, who was affiliated with Reformation Church, gave LTSP the Charles A. Schieren Chair. Pastor Huneke has continued this philanthropic tradition by providing through the ELCA Fund for Leaders in Mission an endowment for financial aid for students at LTSP from the Metropolitan New York Synod.