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Bringewatt Social Justice Legacy


The 2013 Bringewatt Social Justice Event was a success!  Congratulations to our amazing honorees:

Mr. John Eckrich, M.D. is the Founder and President/CEO of Grace Place Lutheran Wellness Ministries and is a strong advocate for caring for our caregivers.

Mr. Tim Harlan, former Missouri State Representative, is an attorney who works on disability and mental health issues and is an advocate with NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness).

Mr. Jeff Childress is an attorney with the State of Missouri's Children's Division.  He advocates for youth in the custody of the state, working within the court systems to ensure that the best interests of the child are met.




Lutheran Family and Children's Services’ dedication to social justice and advocacy began in the early 1900’s with Rev. Dr. Arnold H. Bringewatt (1919 – 1990). Rev. Bringewatt served as President of Lutheran Family and Children’s Services from 1964-1976. He was an outspoken advocate for peace and justice and began the long-standing LFCS tradition of advocating for society’s most vulnerable by working locally and statewide to effect legislative and systemic change. He and his wife Mildred continually charged the church and the social service community to be as intentional about working for justice as they were about doing acts of charity.

During his tenure at LFCS, Rev. Bringewatt firmly established the agency’s commitment to provide quality social services and to be involved with social action, a legacy that continues to shape the agency today. The agency continues to advocate for positive change and improvement in social institutions, systems, legislation and practices.

In 1989, Lutheran Family and Children's Service's established the Arnold and Mildred Bringewatt Dinner and Advocacy Education Fund to ensure that the Bringewatts' legacy of justice ministry lives.

To view past Bringewatt Awardees, please click here.

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