moving in new directions @ trinity

Individualized Programs
•    Design a field of study in one of 7 degree programs.
•    Expand your options with more than 20 different concentrations.

Relevant Coursework
•    Engage in current topics such as eco-spirituality, interfaith studies, and the church and political ethics.
•    Challenge yourself in the classroom with advanced study in theology, biblical studies, and human anthropology.

Exceptional Faculty
•    Study with faculty who are leaders in their fields and active at the edges of contemporary research.
•    Learn from professors who witness to the intersection of theory and practice.

Vocational Integration
•    Enhance your resume—whatever your field—with a certificate or degree that sets you apart.
•    Network with an array of leaders with diverse interests.

Personal Enrichment
•    Take a class as a non-degree student just to learn something new.
•    Test the waters of a new calling.

  • Music at Trinity connects me to God in a deeper and more satisfying way through the community created by peers and professors. The courses are relevant to my present church situation and so spiritually fulfilling--more so than I ever imagined. Trinity is a family of individuals united through the desire to experience a meaningful connection with God.

    Heather Darling
    Master of Arts in Church Music (M.A.C.M.)

Admissions Staff

Seth Bridger

Director of Admissions

Teddy Ceasar

Recruiter for Vocation

Sara Bates

Admissions Office Manager

seth admissionsThe Rev. Seth Bridger, a 2006 Trinity grad, returned to his alma mater as Director of Admissions on March 2, 2015. Seth previously served as co-pastor along with his wife, Shelley Nelson-Bridger, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Cincinnati. Prior to their call to Gloria Dei in 2011, Seth served for five years as a pastor developer in Pooler, Georgia, just outside of Savannah.

A native of Wooster, Ohio, Seth was confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in the heart of downtown Wooster. Much of his early faith formation took place at Camp Mowana in Mansfield, where he was a camper and served on the camp staff. He earned his undergraduate degree in history in 1997 from Wittenberg University, where he met Shelley. They were married in 2000 and have two sons, Noah, age 9, and Zachary, age 5.

Early in their marriage, Seth and Shelley traveled the Western United States for nearly a year, working seasonally in Death Valley, California, and Grand Canyon, Arizona, while volunteering with the A Christian Ministry in the National Parks (ACMNP) program. Seth has led worship and lived in Grand Teton National Park and led an outdoor adventure summer program at Camp Lutherwood in Bellingham, Washington.

Seth enjoys morning coffee with hazelnut creamer, ideally outside; kayaking any lake, river, or creek; traveling to new places; playing baseball with his boys; worshiping God with others; and being a Child of God!

ceasar 100Pastor Teddy Ceasar is a native of Columbus, Ohio, and a 2009 graduate of Trinity. He has a passion for the development of church leaders and returned to Trinity after serving for three years on the pastoral staff at the First Church of God on Refugee Road in Columbus. 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.


Youth Initiatives Coordinator

emma admissionsEmma has a passion for bringing people into the community of the church. A graduate of Capital University, Emma studied Religion and Cultural Studies and has a background in community development. She organizes Trinity hosted retreats for youth and college groups, and runs the Summer Sampler Program for high school students who want to know more about a life of ministry. Emma is currently a student at Trinity in the MTS program with a concentration in Systematic Theology focusing on African American studies.
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.

Sharon Shannon

Admissions Hospitality Coordinator

shannon admissionsAs Hospitality Coordinator, Sharon enjoys making sure each guest feels welcomed and well cared for. She feels that is easy at the seminary, where community is at the center. Sharon has recently completed her studies in the MTS program at Trinity. She attributes her experience to her understanding of how important it is for a prospective student to sit in on a class, meet with a faculty member and share lunch with a current student. When not at the seminary, Sharon enjoys the activities Columbus offers, like a day at Franklin Park Conservatory or roaming the nooks and crannies of the Book Loft. Sharon loves cooking for her family and spending time in her garden and sewing room.




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