Wisconsin Lutheran College's
2014-2015 Christian Leadership
Speaker Series

Brought to you by the Backbone Institute

Wisconsin Lutheran College was founded to prepare students for lives of Christian leadership through high quality teaching, scholarship, and service. In 2010, WLC created the Center for Christian Leadership to provide teaching, experiences, models, and mentors that will develop Christian servant leaders within our campus family and the community. You are invited to join us for our annual speaker series focused on Christian leadership.

  • Henry Tyson, Superintendent at St. Marcus Lutheran School: "Christian Leadership in Christian Education"
    November 12, 2014

The cost to attend the November 12 event featuring Henry Tyson is $20 per person (discounts available for WLC faculty, staff, and students). Registration is now closed.

The event will be held in the college's Center for Arts and Performance, located at 8815 West Wisconsin Avenue in Milwaukee. A breakfast buffet and time to network with other Christian professionals will start at 7 a.m. The program will begin at 7:45 a.m. The event will wrap up around 9 a.m. following another networking opportunity. The proceeds from this event benefit WLC's Center for Christian Leadership. If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Leffel at 414.443.8796 or

Additional Christian Leadership Events

  • Christian Women's Leadership Circle Butterfly Brunch
    March 7, 2015
  • Christian Leadership Business Summit
    March 11, 2015
    Wisconsin Lutheran College seeks to positively impact the communities of Milwaukee and southeastern Wisconsin. In an effort to bring awareness of key servant leadership issues to the Christian business community, WLC will host the inaugural Christian Business Summit. The format of this luncheon event will be a prominent keynote address followed by a roundtable discussion on current business topics relative to Christian servant leadership.
  • Leadercast
    May 8, 2015

Henry Tyson
Superintendent at St. Marcus Lutheran School
"Christian Leadership in Christian Education"

November 12, 2014

2014 Henry Tyson photo

Henry Tyson will speak at WLC about the pitfalls and opportunities in the education system in Milwaukee and specific opportunities for Christian schools to be salt and light in a challenging context.

Tyson, a native of Great Britain, moved to the United States in 1990 to attend Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. After graduating from Northwestern with a degree in Slavic Studies, Tyson served as an Americorps volunteer with Habitat for Humanity in Chicago. That job led him to develop an interest in urban education. Having earned a Master of Education degree from DePaul University, Tyson worked as a teacher in the Chicago Public Schools and Niles Township Schools.

In 2002, Tyson moved to Milwaukee to become the Assistant Principal at St. Marcus Lutheran School. He is currently serving as the Superintendent at St. Marcus. Since his arrival at St. Marcus, the school has grown from serving 220 students to more than 730, over $17,000,000 has been invested in the current campus expansion, and the school has become a nationally recognized leader in urban education and school reform. With 730 students, the expanded campus is at capacity. St. Marcus has proven that high quality urban education is possible and as a result continues to see increased demand. More than 1,000 students applied for the Fall of 2014. Tyson is committed to finding the right opportunity to further expand and serve more students, their families and the surrounding community.

In addition to his work at St. Marcus, Tyson was one of the founders of Schools That Can Milwaukee and currently serves on its board of directors. Tyson was also a founding member of the Choice Schools' Association and continues to serve on that board. Tyson is the Chairman of the Board of the Center for Urban Teaching and serves on the board at Atonement Lutheran School.

A resident of Milwaukee's Harambee neighborhood, Tyson is dedicated to sharing the Gospel with students, eliminating the racial achievement gap in Wisconsin, and improving the graduation rates of minority students in the City of Milwaukee. He is committed to leading the charge to replicate and expand schools that work and is resolute in his determination to transform Milwaukee's failing education systems into a world-class model for urban education.