About Us

A Message from the President

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Welcome to Lutheran Senior Services. Within the pages of this website, I hope you will not only discover who we are, but whose we are. We are a faith-inspired, mission-driven organization that exists for those we serve. Our Christian mission is Older Adults Living Life to the Fullest. It comes from John 10:10 where Jesus tells us that He has come so that we may live life in all of its abundance.

For us that means creating opportunities for older adults to achieve their utmost potential—physically, emotionally, intellectually, socially, and spiritually. We are honored to celebrate a 158-year legacy of honoring and cherishing those we serve. This is lived out through a scope of services that range from senior living communities that offer a full continuum of care to affordable housing to in-home services to hospice. No matter where you live or what stage of life you are facing, we are committed to providing a blend of excellence and compassion that will fully meet your needs.

It is also our privilege to celebrate a financially sound structure that ensures stability and quality for years to come. As such, we are able to support a highly qualified staff of employees with a heart for living the mission. I am honored to walk beside such dedicated people who strive to make a difference in the lives of those they serve.

Thank you for visiting these pages. I sincerely hope you will visit us in person as well. You are always welcome.

With sincere regards,

John R. Kotovsky

President / CEO


Who We Are

Lutheran Senior Services is a faith-based, mission-driven not-for-profit network that specializes in enhancing life for seniors, ages 62-plus. With 21 locations in Missouri and Illinois, we offer quality choices and exceptional support for retirement living. Through affordable housing sites, home & community based services, and senior living communities, we provide a person-centered approach to a comprehensive continuum of life choices. Building upon a tradition of excellence for more than 155 years, Lutheran Senior Services is fulfilling its Christian mission of Older Adults Living Life to the Fullest.

Click here to meet our senior leaders.



In 1858, Rev. Johann Friedrich Buenger founded the first Protestant hospital in St. Louis, which eventually became known as Lutheran Hospital/Lutheran Medical Center. His servant heart sparked a caring Christian ministry that lives on today in Lutheran Senior Services. Over the years, we have grown from a single convalescent home into one of the nation’s 10 largest not-for-profit senior living networks. Each year, the needs of more than 11,000 older adults are met through our senior living communities and our programs which serve seniors in their own homes.

Click here to learn more about our more than 155-year legacy of service.



The love of Jesus Christ can be seen and recognized in all that we are and do, and inspires us to reach out to older adults and their families.

The older adults we serve will experience the highest possible care and quality of life through an expanding network of supportive services and communities.

A continued sound financial structure will ensure stability, support a highly qualified workforce, provide benevolent care, and encourage future ministry expansion.

For more on our Strategic Plan, click here.



  • Awarded the 2016 Senator Paul Simon Award from Signature Healthcare,  in recognition of the significant cost savings achieved through LSS’ participation in the federal Center For Medicare & Medicaid Services Model 3 Bundled Payment for Care Improvement Pilot Program (BPCI) and the changes implemented through the BPCI and LSS’ REACH (Rehabilitation through Achievement) program.
  • Lutheran Senior Services was recognized as one of the St. Louis Business Journal’s Best Places to Work in 2009 and 2011.
  • Lutheran Senior Services is the largest nonprofit organization in the St. Louis area.
  • LSS is the fourteenth largest nonprofit multisite senior housing provider in the United States.
  • As proof of its financial stability, LSS is one of only a handful of senior care networks nationwide to maintain an investment grade credit rating through Fitch Financial, Inc.
  • LSS maintains a number of 4- and 5-star long term care centers as ranked by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
  • Heartland Affordable Housing Management Association (HAHMA) named LSS its Management Company of the Year for 2010.


Notice of Privacy Practices

We at Lutheran Senior Services respect the privacy of all of our residents, clients, and patients, especially when it comes to their personal health information.


Lutheran Senior Services
1150 Hanley Industrial Ct.
St. Louis, MO 63144
ph 314.968.9313


Our Christian Mission
Older Adults Living Life to the Fullest


Service Area
Greater St. Louis
Columbia, MO
Jefferson City, MO
Springfield, IL
Peoria, IL


2016 Annual Report
Other Annual Reports


Board of Directors
John R. Kotovsky
President and CEO
Kathleen T. Mueller
Jeff L. Dunn
— Vice Chairperson

Scott Hartwig
Dr. F. Matthew Kuhlmann
Assistant Secretary
Richard J. Bagy, Jr.
Rev. Roy Christell
Diane R. Drollinger
Karl A. Dunajcik
John A. Komlos
Harry Mueller
Gary Olson
Rev. Dr. Scott K. Seidler
Lisa J. Sombart
Sherri C. Strand
Paul N. Tice