The Lutheran tradition today is represented by several different denominations, including the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod and others. The denominations are served by a number of Lutheran seminaries and theology schools. Almost all of these accredited Lutheran seminary schools accept students from other Christian traditions, but their theology is Lutheran.
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Seminaries
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is a mainline protestant denomination and the largest Lutheran denomination in the United States. The ELCA is in full communion with many other mainline protestant denominations, a member of the World Council of Churches, and a member of the Lutheran World Federation.
There are eight official Evangelical Lutheran Church in America seminaries:
- Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary of Lenoir-Rhyne University, a seminary of the ELCA in South Carolina
- Luther Seminary, an ELCA seminary in Minnesota
- Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, an ELCA theology school in Pennsylvania
- Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, an ELCA seminary school in Pennsylvania
- Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, an ELCA theology school in Illinois
- Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary of California Lutheran University, an ELCA seminary in California
- Trinity Lutheran Seminary, an ELCA seminary in Ohio
- Wartburg Theological Seminary, an ELCA graduate theology school in Iowa
One seminary isn’t an official ELCA seminary but offers a program in Lutheran studies for ELCA students:
- Iliff School of Theology, a methodist seminary that offers courses for Lutheran students
Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod Seminaries
The Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod (LCMS) is a conservative Lutheran denomination. While there are LCMS churches located throughout the United States and Canada, most of the denomination’s congregations are in the Midwest — which is where it’s seminaries also are.
There are two Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod seminaries:
- Concordia Theological Seminary, an LCMS seminary in Indiana
- Concordia Seminary (MO), an LCMS seminary school in Missouri
North American Lutheran Church Seminary
The North American Lutheran Church (NACL) is another conservative Lutheran denomination. Formed in 2010, the denomination has churches throughout North America.
The North American Lutheran Church relies on a seminary that serves several denominations:
- Nashotah House, a conservative, anglo-catholic seminary that has ties with The Episcopal Church, the Anglican Church in North America, and the NALC
Evangelical Covenant Church Seminary
The Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC) is a large, broadly evangelical denomination that has congregations throughout North America. While the denomination today is generally evangelical, its roots are grounded in Lutheranism.
There is one Evangelical Covenant Church seminary:
- North Park Theological Seminary, an ECC seminary in Illinois
Looking for more seminaries? Check out:
- anglican and episcopal seminaries
- roman catholic seminaries
- ecumenical seminaries
- methodist seminaries
- presbyterian seminaries
We also have other denominations’ seminaries.