Gettysburg Seminary at a Glance

Bearing witness at the crossroads of history and hope, the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg proclaims Jesus Christ to a restless world by preparing students for faithful discipleship.

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A pioneer in Lutheran theological education, the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg carries out its teaching mission both rooted in the biblical and theological tradition and grounded in the context where ministries take place.

Gettysburg Seminary is the oldest of the eight seminaries of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), tracing its start to 1826.

Students come to Gettysburg from 30 states and another half dozen countries to study theology. Even though most students are members of the ELCA, we have a growing number of students from other Christian traditions.

Currently, the Gettysburg Seminary learning community includes 230 full and part time students, and a teaching faculty of 17, plus another half dozen part time, adjunct, and distinguished visiting teachers.  Add to this a highly committed staff and family members of students and you have an idea of the dynamic experience of seminary life here on 52 acres on Seminary Ridge.

Gettysburg Seminary offers programs of study toward the Masters of Divinity degree (M.Div.), the Master of Arts in Ministerial Studies (M.A.M.S.) the Master of Arts in Religion (M.A.R.) and the Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M.). One can receive the Doctor of Ministry degree through the Eastern Cluster of Lutheran Seminaries, of which Gettysburg is a part.

For more than 30 years, Gettysburg has anchored part of its program in Washington D.C., through its Center for Theology and Public Life (including the House of Studies) and as a founding member of the Washington Theological Consortium. The Seminary also offers a concentration in Town and Country Ministry through its resources in the Town and Country Church Institute.

In partnership with its sister seminaries, especially the Eastern Cluster of Lutheran Seminaries, (Lutheran Theological Seminary of the South and Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia) Gettysburg is growing in order to serve the increasingly critical pastoral vacancy rate within the Church and expanding demand for life long learning.

Together, with your prayers and support, we will continue to put theological education where it belongs: at the crossroads of history and hope, forming the Church’s spiritual leaders for the 21st Century.

 Facts and Statistics for 2010

Total number of students 228 (full and part-time)    51% men  49% women
Persons of color 9%   Average age of MDiv students 36

Total number of graduates More than 5400
From where do our students come?

34 U.S. States, including 44 (of 65) Synods of the ELCA
Africa, Asia, Europe
Tradition other than Lutheran  11%
11 different Christian denomonations

Faculty 15 permanent faculty & 6 visiting, lecturer, active emeriti, and adjunct professors
Library 190,000 books, journals, microforms and other resources plus the resources of the combined libraries of the Eastern Cluster of Lutheran Seminaries and the Washington Theologicla Consortium
Related Institutes

Institute for Luther Studies
Town and Country Church Institute
The Luther Institute (includes the work of the former 
      Lutheran Center for Theology and Public Life)

Stewardship of Life Institute
Intersections Institute 

Educational Partnerships

Washington Theological Consortium
Eastern Cluster of Lutheran Seminaries
Collegium Ocumenicum, Munich, Germany
Yale University Divinity School, New Haven, CT
Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA



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