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Albert "Pete" Pero, Jr.

Welcome to the Multicultural Center at LSTC!

LSTC has been committed to multicultural theological education and church leadership since its founding.

Read a special feature about the career of Pete Pero that appeared in the Spring 2004 Epistle Magazine: Download here

The Rev. Dr. Albert "Pete" Pero, Jr., Multicultural Center

Please visit the news release here:
Albert “Pete” Pero Jr., first African-American professor at a US Lutheran seminary, dies

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to LSTC and designated for the Albert “Pete” Pero Jr. Multicultural Center at LSTC. Gifts may be made online at Click on “Make a gift now.” At the bottom of the online giving form, please mark “Other” and write “Pero Center” in the Gift Purpose box.

For questions about gifts, please contact:
Jessica Houston
Assistant Vice President for Advancement


The goal of the Multicultural Center is to be a resource for the whole church: local congregations, synods, seminary communities, and the churchwide expression. The purpose of the Center is to bring together laity, students, theologians, and others to discuss and develop strategies that address basic questions and issues related to being a multicultural church.

Our website describes our programs and activities for the current academic year. We will provide links for you to multicultural resources available through us or through other sources, as indicated. We also provide you with the links to the multicultural and ethnic ministries of the ELCA.

About the Multicultural Center

One of the marks of LSTC is its commitment to provide multicultural theological education for all. At the same time, LSTC is committed to the preparation of students from under-represented ethnic constituencies for rostered leadership in the ELCA and the world. Approximately half of the seminary's Ph.D. students, as well as a significant number of D.Min., M.Div., and Masters degree students, are international students as well as students of color from the United States.

Our world is not culturally static, but globally dynamic; our country is multicultural and holding up the Pentecost legacy of the gathering of all nations and races and tribes and languages. We serve African Descent, Arab, Asian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic (Latino/a), Native American (First Nation), and Euro-American constituencies. Truly, we serve a mighty God and our calling is awesome.

Future goals for the Multicultural Center include:

  • to sponsor courses (offered through LSTC) each year for lay persons as well as for students
  • to offer annual institutes that address different aspects of multiculturalism
  • to provide regular space, time, and place for discussing issues related to multiculturalism

Feel free to contact us at with your questions or comments.

Cheryl Pero
The Rev. Dr. Albert "Pete" Pero, Jr., Multicultural Center

Phone: 773-256-0760

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