Remembering Lynnette Engman
Lynnette Engman, former Goodwin student and cherished member of the Full Gospel Interdenominational Church, passed away on July 12, 2014. An ordained minister and mission director, Engman was involved in many of the church ministries and dedicated her life to helping the needy around the world.
In 1994, she co-founded the World-Wide Lighthouse Missions, Inc., whose mission is to “furnish support to persons in need throughout the world and to attempt to make a difference in the lives of persons who, with support and training, can reach a better way of life and a greater degree of self-sufficiency.”
She co-founded this organization to make an impact locally and globally. Her desire to attend school stemmed from her passion for helping others and from her high hopes for the organization.
In 2012, the organization received an invitation to take advantage of a tuition discount from Goodwin for Non-Profit Management. Engman, who had been out of school for more than 40 years, took advantage of this opportunity and dove wholeheartedly into her studies.
Adrienne Lautenbach, friend and executive at World-Wide Lighthouse Missions, Inc., admired Engman greatly for her view on life and all that she had done. “She was the most selfless person I have ever known. She always lived her life to help someone else,” she commented. “The reason she went back to school was to gain better tools to accomplish the dreams and visions she had for the World-Wide Lighthouse Missions, Inc.”
While in school, Engman was diagnosed with cancer, but even in the midst of this extremely difficult time she kept her faith and sense of humor and continued with school, making the Dean’s List every semester. Her diligence and dedication did not go unnoticed.
Engman was well respected by her teachers and peers alike. “Even through her illness, she was very dedicated and insisted on completing her work. I was very fortunate to have her as a student,” said Michael Rotondo, Associate Professor of Business.
Engman was known for mentoring all those she came in contact with, offering support, advice, and inspiration. “Everything she did in class she would apply in real life. She would ask if she could tweak the projects to fit her church’s mission work. I learned from her as much as she learned from me,” Mike Wolter, Management and Leadership Program Director, noted.
There are many projects that have yet to be realized from her vision, and it is World-Wide Lighthouse Missions, Inc.’s desire to see these through in the years to come. To continue Lynnette Engman’s legacy, donations can be made to: WWLM, PO Box 5010, Manchester, CT 06045-5010 or you can click here to make an online contribution in her honor.
By: Hannah Stacy