I invite you to become part of this fascinating, faithful community. If ever you’re in Chicago, please come by for a visit. We’d be delighted to welcome you. Until then, may God bless your discernment.
- President James Nieman
Greetings from the President
Let me venture a guess. I’ll bet you’re not typical. If you’re looking at a seminary website, that already sets you apart. Regardless which degree program interests you, the very urge to engage theological education makes you unusual. It means you have a longing and courage to serve others—through ministry, scholarship, or other means besides. And now it’s time to find the place that will best nurture your gifts and skills. Not just anywhere will do.
I hope you’ll carefully consider the choices. And with so many options, you should know clearly how the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago is distinctive. We’re not yesterday’s school attuned to a church or world of bygone times. Instead, we want to form leaders who bear witness to the good news of Jesus Christ today, let alone the days ahead. That calls for risk—and if you want to join that venture, we might be the right place for you.
One thing you’ll find here are dedicated colleagues. Our students are innovative, daring, eager to care for those in need and willing to speak out on their behalf. They also know how to have fun, bearing an active faith filled with joy. And they wouldn’t be your only colleagues, either. Our faculty is marked by the very same temperament.
Within that community you’ll also meet deep commitments. All of us pursue a range of serious passions in distinctive ways, from ecology to social justice, from worship and arts to academics, from spiritual growth to missional outreach. Yet common to these many pathways is our shared Christian faith that trusts God’s gift of lasting life.
All of this takes place amidst a dynamic context. Chicago is a remarkable environment with both global reach and diverse opportunities. It’s the ideal learning laboratory for testing your vocation, a place where cultural, economic, and religious variety abounds. No matter where you hope to serve, you can meet it all right where we’re located.
But these are only my views! Poke around through our website, get a glimpse of the many different things we’re doing, and notice especially the testimonies of our students, faculty, and staff. After you have a sense of our unusual school and the risks we take, then imagine how you could join in that story. And when you’re ready, I invite you to become part of this fascinating, faithful community. If ever you’re in Chicago, please come by for a visit. We’d be delighted to welcome you. Until then, may God bless your discernment.