Profiles in Giving
By R. Radcliffe Finch
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God has prepared
beforehand that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10
The joy of doing good in Jesus’ name! In good Lutheran terminology, what does this mean? It means as God’s creation, through the faith He planted in our hearts and minds, we want to do good works to His glory. One of our longtime supporters, Carl Hasz exemplifies this passage in Scripture.
Carl was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and raised in northwestern Pennsylvania. He attended Westminster College, New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, before enlisting in the Army, where he served in Intelligence. When he completed his enlistment, the officers under whom he served asked him to stay on in a civilian role. Carl retired in 1995, but the Pentagon kept calling him back for special assignments through 2005. During the Cold War, Carl spent his career in Germany, Korea, Vietnam and many points in between. He was a blessing to his country and those with whom he worked.
A defining time in Carl’s life came when he met Pastor A. E. Batiansila, whose son desired to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Where was the money going to come for him to attend MIT? Carl advised the pastor to tell the congregation and allow them to help. The congregation did! It was this experience that motivated Carl to encourage young people to seek higher education and also encourage others to help support them financially.
Carl’s love for the seminary came from his grandfather and uncles being pastors in The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) and through the experience with Pastor Batiansila. Over the years, Carl has adopted over 80 men who have become pastors and five women who have become deaconesses! Today, he still adopts students for support and maintains the relationships he has built with these men and women. Today, they invite him to attend their installations for vicarage, internships, ordinations, weddings and the baptism of their children.
Carl has been a part of Concordia Theological Seminary’s President’s Circle. He has encouraged his congregation and others to call seminary graduates as their pastors. He has invited the students he adopted to come preach and lead Bible studies at Sts. Peter and Paul in Sharon, Pennsylvania, and to other congregations in the area. By doing this, congregations have been able to meet men who are studying to become pastors. By doing this, more congregations choose to support the seminaries and also learn about the quality of the education provided to them at CTS.
When it comes to supporting the seminary and its students, Carl is always asking, “Can I help?” Because of this we have been able to aid Carl in setting up a Student Aid Endowment Fund which will provide for students until the second coming of Christ…we have assisted Carl with his estate plan so giving does not stop when God calls Carl home.
Truly, Carl is a blessing from God to our students and His church. We thank God for Carl and all he has done in support of forming servants in Jesus Christ, who teach the faithful, reach the lost and care for all.