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President Stewart Herman

President Stewart Herman

 


Demolition in preparation for LSTC

Demolition in preparation for LSTC's new building

 


President Stewart Herman and Illinois Synod President Robert Marshall

President Stewart Herman and Illinois Synod President Robert Marshall lay the cornerstone

 


Opening Convocation

Opening Convocation in the unfinished LSTC Chapel Auditorium

 


Family outing 1968 - LSTC Housing in the background

Family outing 1968 - LSTC Housing in the background

 


Jean Bozeman

Jean Bozeman

 


Concordia Seminary students, faculty and staff walk out

Concordia Seminary students, faculty and staff walk out

 


Albert

Albert "Pete" Pero Jr.

 


William Lesher

William Lesher

 


Jose David Rodriguez Jr. - Hispanic Ministries trip

Jose David Rodriguez Jr. (middle, in dark vest) on a Hispanic Ministries trip

 


Feast of Fools

Female enrollment at LSTC grew to almost 25% in 10 years. These students are part of the "Feast of Fools."

 


Dr. Ralph Klein, circa 1983

Dr. Ralph Klein, circa 1983

 

 


Missionary Orientation session

Dr. Yoshiro Ishida leads a Missionary Orientation session at LSTC in the late 1980s.

 

 


CCRS staff, 1988

CCRS staff, 1988.

 


Paul Manz

Paul Manz, artist in residence, at the organ during a benefit concert for LSTC.

 


Godspell thespians

1992 Seminary Community Theatre of Hyde Park production of Godspell

 


LSTC Gospel Choir in Tanzania

Patricia Bartley reading the anti-racism timeline in the Grand Hallway 1990s

 


James Kenneth Echols

James Kenneth Echols was elected president of LSTC in 1997


Lutheran-Reformed Festival Worship Service at Rockefeller Chapel

McCormick Seminary President Cynthia Campbell and LSTC President James Echols lead the Lutheran-Reformed Festival Worship Service at Rockefeller Chapel

 


The Lutheran World Federation 50th Anniversary

The Lutheran World Federation 50th Anniversary: Front row: Vitor Westhelle, Monica Melanchthon, Dorothy Marple, Prasanna Kumari, Molefe Tsele; second row: Barbara Rossing, Wanda Deifelt, Mitri Raheb, Paul Rajashekar, Mark Thomsen, Stacy Kitahata

 


Groundbreaking ceremony for LSTC/McCormick construction projects

Groundbreaking ceremony for LSTC/McCormick construction projects brought together the presidents of the two seminaries and the leaders of the two denominations


Demolition of LSTC’s Chapel Auditorium

Demolition of LSTC’s Chapel Auditorium

 


President James Echols, Wendy Anderson and Bishop Mark Hanson

President James Echols anoints the altar in the new Augustana Chapel with Wendy Anderson and Bishop Mark Hanson

 


Ruth and Paul Manz Organ - Augustana Chapel

Installation of the Ruth and Paul Manz Organ in the Augustana Chapel

 


Angela Khabeb, Emmanuel Jackson, and Rhonda Pruitt

Angela Khabeb, Emmanuel Jackson, and Rhonda Pruitt were the first Bridges Scholars

 


Harold Vogelaar and Mark Swanson

Professors Harold Vogelaar and Mark Swanson at the dedication of the Vogelaar Chair


Participants in Youth in Mission 2005

Participants in Youth in Mission before they visit a Chicago mosque


Cheryl Stewart Pero

Cheryl Stewart Pero received a Ph.D in biblical studies in 2010


President James Nieman

James Nieman addresses the congregation during his installation as LSTC’s seventh president

 


Many Voices, One Story
LSTC's First Fifty Years

Timeline

 

1962

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago was formally established on September 4, as a result of the merger of four institutions: Augustana Theological Seminary at Rock Island, Illinois; Chicago Lutheran Theological Seminary at Maywood, Illinois; and Grand View Seminary, and Suomi Theological Seminary, which had been holding their classes at Maywood since 1960

1964

Stewart Herman installed as president; the exact site of the new $8 million academic unit fronting 55th Street between University and Greenwood Avenues was selected in mid-summer; L. Dale Lund elected Dean

 

1965

Demolition of buildings on site begins in September. A ground-breaking ceremony was held on October 6

 

1966

Cornerstone laid on April 24 with a special “Foundation Festival of Praise” at the site; LCA adopts a proposal to merge a fifth campus, Central Theological Seminary at Fremont, Neb., with LSTC

 

1967

Opening Convocation on new campus October 1; classes begin October 2; LSTC’s new campus in Hyde Park dedicated October 22

1968

After Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is killed, LSTC classes are suspended for a two-day seminar on strategies to combat racism

 

1969

Two women enroll in ministerial studies (Kristine Warmoth and Alice Moberg)

 

1970

African-American students call for special programs; Chicago Cluster of Theological Schools (Hyde Park) formed with offices at LSTC; accreditation review results in “high marks” for the seminary; Jesuit School of Theology (Bellarmine) moves onto the LSTC campus and becomes a library partner

1971

Jean Bozeman, assistant professor of religious education, is the first female faculty member at LSTC; faculty size is 19 compared to 30 in 1967

 

1972

Walter F. “Pat” Wolbrecht inaugurated as president in April; bachelor of divinity (B.D.) changed to master of divinity (M.Div.)

 

1973

Academy for Hispanic Ministries founded—senior seminarian José David Rodríguez Jr. on staff; Doctor in Ministry Program inaugurated (D. Min.)

 

1974

University of Chicago permits “bi-registration”; students, faculty and staff from the LCMS Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, walk out to form Concordia Seminary in Exile, later Christ Seminary-Seminex

 

1975

Albert “Pete” Pero becomes the first African American faculty member at a North American Lutheran seminary; McCormick Theological Seminary moves to Hyde Park from Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood; holds all its classes at LSTC; Jesuit-Krauss-McCormick Library formed

 

1976

Arthur Arnold becomes president; successful Seminary Life Appeal retires all of LSTC’s capital indebtedness

 

1977

William Lesher elected president

 

1978

Hispanic Ministry Program begins

 

1979

Fall enrollment: 255, including 60 women

 

1980

Conference for ordained women held on the 10th anniversary of the ordination of women in Lutheran churches

 

1981

LSTC receives accreditation through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools; fall enrollment: 301

 

1982

Agreement made with Christ Seminary-Seminex to deploy faculty to LSTC; Rural Plunges (immersions) begin; first Black Ordained Women’s Conference held at LSTC organized by Cheryl Stewart; tuition: $1,800, up from $1,050 in 1972

 

1983

Christ Seminary-Seminex deploy faculty, students, and administrative resources to LSTC in anticipation of the 1988 church merger. Faculty included Mark Bangert, Edgar Krentz, Kurt Hendel, Ralph Klein, Robert Conrad, and Paul Manz.

 

1986

Yoshiro Ishida accepts invitation to head a new Center for Global Mission at LSTC

 

1987

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is formed from the merger of the American Lutheran Church (ALC), the Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches (AELC), and the Lutheran Church in America (LCA).

Unification of LSTC and Christ Seminary-Seminex takes place on December 31, 1987, to enter into the new ELCA as a unified school on January 1, 1988. The new ELCA has eight seminaries and two additional programs, the Lutheran Seminary Program in the Southwest (Austin, Texas) and The Lutheran Theological Center (Atlanta, Georgia).

The LSTC Gospel Choir is formed in response to Patricia Bartley’s invitation to students and staff to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in a special worship service

 

1988

Chicago Center for Religion and Science moves offices to LSTC

 

1989

Under the leadership of Dr. David Rhoads, students, and staff, LSTC becomes a Green Zone and a model of good environmental practices for other seminaries and institutions

 

1990

Laura Gross is the first woman to earn a Th.D. from LSTC

 

1992

LSTC receives $100,000 Arthur Vining Davis grant to build new strategies to meet all of the seminary’s financial needs

 

1993

Hispanic Ministries Program at LSTC has 35% of the total number of ELCA M.A. and M.Div. students enrolled in Hispanic ministry studies

LSTC begins to offer evening classes on and off campus for lay people and commuter students

 

1994

First draft of ELCA statement on human sexuality is released; LSTC faculty write a response and participate in discussion and revision of the document

 

1995

LSTC becomes part of the Covenant Cluster with Wartburg Theological Seminary and Trinity Lutheran Seminary

 

1996

LSTC establishes its first endowed chair, The Axel Jacob and Gerda Maria (Swanson) Carlson Chair of Homiletics

 

 

 

1997

James Kenneth Echols is elected the fifth president of LSTC. He is the first African American president of a North American Lutheran seminary.

LSTC Gospel Choir goes on a singing tour in Tanzania, West Africa

ELCA becomes full communion partners with the Presbyterian Church (USA), Reformed Church in America and the United Church of Christ

 

 


1998

More than 450 people from around the world gather at LSTC for the Lutheran World Federation’s 50th Anniversary celebration and conference, "Envisioning a Lutheran Communion: Perspectives for the 21st Century"

 

 

1999

LSTC enters dialogue with McCormick Theological Seminary about shared facilities

 

 

2001

Construction begins on Augustana Chapel at LSTC, McCormick Theological Seminary building, and underground parking garage

 

 

 

2002

LSTC receives $1.67 million grant from Lilly Endowment to establish Youth in Mission program

 

 

 

2003

Augustana Chapel is dedicated May 5

McCormick Theological Seminary moves into its new building at 5461 S. University, sharing LSTC’s campus

Youth in Mission sponsors two summer programs for high school youth—Serving Christ in the World and Beyond Belief

Enrollment in all degree programs is 365, with 180 M.Div. students; 7% of students are African American, 4% are Hispanic American, 17% are from other countries

 

 

 

2004

Academic calendar changes from quarters to semesters in fall; academic offices move from the second floor to new space on the third floor

Ruth and Paul Manz Organ installed and dedicated

 

 

2005

David Miller elected the first Cornelsen Director of Spiritual Formation at LSTC

"Black Theology and Womanist Theology in Dialogue" conference at LSTC and University of Chicago

LSTC and the Zygon Center for Religion and Science organize the first-ever HIV/AIDS Conference for Medical & Religious Professionals in Chicago

The Chapel Music Series, consisting of nine concerts throughout the year, debuts in the fall

 

 

2006

Inauguration of A Center of Christian-Muslim Engagement for Peace and Justice and the Harold S. Vogelaar Chair of Christian-Muslim Studies and Interfaith Relations

LSTC receives ELCA grant to start a multicultural center

 

 

 

2007

Launch of $56 million comprehensive campaign, “Equipping the Saints for Ministry”

LSTC students win Lutherbowl in their first time at the competition in Gettysburg, Penn.

 

 

2008

LSTC begins to feel the effects of the major worldwide economic downturn

 

 

2009

Inauguration of the Gordon A. Braatz Chair in Worship

Earth Year at LSTC” turns the seminary’s attention to environmental issues

 

 

2010

150th commencement, numbered from oldest predecessor school, Augustana Theological Seminary, founded in 1860

Cheryl Stewart Pero is the first African American Lutheran woman to earn a Ph.D. in biblical studies

Ralph W. and Marilyn R. Klein Chair in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible is inaugurated

 

2011

James Kenneth Echols resigns as president, the Rev. Dr. Philip Hougen appointed interim and later sixth president of LSTC

LSTC and Valparaiso University sign a Memorandum of Agreement for Valparaiso University to open a satellite campus at LSTC

LSTC's Multicultural Center becomes the Albert "Pete" Pero Jr. Multicultural Center

 

2012

James Nieman elected and installed as LSTC’s seventh president

Valparaiso University begins offering master’s in business administration and masters in health administration courses and operating an immigration law clinic in its satellite location at LSTC

 

 

 

 



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