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Leaders for Christ's church at work in the world


Summer is a great time to explore Trinity Lutheran Seminary! From exciting festivals, parades, fairs and farmers markets taking place throughout the Columbus area, to Greek courses being held here in the classroom, there is a lot to see!

We invite you to plan a visit, where you will have the opportunity to spend time with faculty, staff and students, worship with our community, sit in on a class, meet the Financial Aid Director, and take a tour of our beautiful campus.

Fall classes begin again on August 25th. After students are settled in, the Admissions Team is hosting an Exploration Event. We would love for you to join us on September 7-8th. The event will be a great opportunity to explore seminary life, no matter where you find yourself on your discernment journey. For more information, or to register, please click here.

May you have a safe and relaxing summer!

-Sara Bates
Admissions Office Manager 

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  • The M.A.C.M. program offers a balanced curriculum between theology and music. The courses are practical, spiritual and enlightening. Trinity has excellent professors who are accessible and knowledgeable. The summer intensive courses give a student the opportunity to complete their degree that might not otherwise have had the opportunity.

    Debbie Fingas
    Master of Arts in Church Music (M.A.C.M.) Cobourg, Ontario

Admissions Staff

Laura Book

Director of Admissions

Teddy Ceasar

Recruiter for Vocation

Sara Bates

Admissions Office Manager

book 100In Laura Book’s office rests a beautiful walking stick. The walking stick represents the journey she has travelled through seminary, and now she continues to walk with others on their discernment paths through ministry, service, and seminary. Her journey began at St. Olaf College where she graduated with a degree in sociology. Later she attended Trinity Lutheran Seminary and earned her Master of Theological Studies in 2007. Laura is rostered in the ELCA as an Associate in Ministry and has worked with both high school students and young adults through Trinity’s Summer Seminary Sampler program. In her new role as Admissions Director, she additionally collaborates with national ELCA partners and other ecumenical organizations.

ceasar 100Pastor Teddy Ceasar ('09) is a native of Columbus, Ohio, has a passion for the development of church leaders, and looks forward to serving both the church and the academy through his work in the Admissions office. He returns to TLS after serving for three years on the pastoral staff at the First Church of God on Refugee Road. Before heading to Trinity, Teddy earned his undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Cincinnati. He combines his passion for youth and sports by coaching high school football in the Columbus Public Schools district. He also scores touchdowns for Trinity’s flag football team.







bates 100Sara serves as the Admissions Office Manager, helping students through the application process. A native of Northwest Ohio, Sara attended Bowling Green State University, where she studied Secondary Education. Sara enjoys the outdoors and crafting, and loves working with students as they walk through their discernment journeys. A passion for music has led her to the Trinity Liturgical Choir.
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