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Leaders for Christ's church at work in the world


A word from Trinity's Hospitality Coordinator --

Trinity’s mission statement declares we will form leaders for Christ’s Church. But how do we continually form great leaders in this ever changing world? Trinity recently adopted a 2+2 model for our M.Div. program. This means two years of learning on campus, at Trinity, and two years of serving and learning in a congregation. As no one has done this before, the idea may seem far fetched, but here are some of the reasons supporting 2+2:
  • Because we're convinced that the things Trinity has always done well - formation that integrates head and heart, along with contextual learning that highly values the roles of congregations and practitioners - can be done even better.
  • Because things that can be taught in a classroom are not always best learned in a classroom. (Would we rather a student discuss reaching the unchurched and dechurched in a classroom, or learn how to take on these challenges in a context that's already meeting them?)

A recent editorial in The Christian Century asserted that institutions have a hard time letting go of the old to invest time and energy in visionary thinking. It lamented that integration is often left for students to figure out on their own. It insisted that seminary education be revised with a greater emphasis on praxis and the twenty-first century needs of congregations. In response, we can only say, "They haven't yet heard about what TLS is doing." Come to Columbus where 2+2 = formation.
Interested in learning more about Trinity and our seven degree programs? We would be thrilled to host you for a visit! Please contact the Admissions Office at (866) 610-8571.

        - Claire Hammer, Admissions Summer Sampler and Hospitality Coordinator

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  • There is a strong sense of community at Trinity. Friendships develop through the time we spend with one another, whether it's studying, worshipping, or just hanging out together. The faculty at Trinity are outstanding. They have a passion for teaching, and are interested in students.

    Ken Staib
    Master of Divinity (M.Div.)

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 recently joined the Trinity Lutheran Seminary Admissions Team. 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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