Information / History

Bearing witness to the gospel at the crossroads of history and hope, Gettysburg Seminary forms public leaders for the church and the world. -- Seminary Mission Statement

Information / History

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 by Samuel Simon Schmucker.

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 165 full and part time students, and a teaching faculty of 14, 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 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 Southern Seminary and the 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.


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Gettysburg Seminary was named a Reconciling in Christ seminary in 2015.