Trinity Lutheran Seminary Launches Presidential Search

trinity buildingTrinity Lutheran Seminary, a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), seeks applications and nominations for the position of President, in anticipation of the retirement of current President Mark R. Ramseth in January 2013.

Trinity Lutheran Seminary’s next president will lead sixteen full-time faculty, its staff and student body in the fulfillment of the seminary’s mission “to form leaders for Christ’s church at work in the world.”

With roots dating to 1830 and historic connections with neighboring Capital University, Trinity was formed in 1978 as a result of the consolidation of the Evangelical Lutheran Theological Seminary and the Hamma School of Theology of nearby Wittenberg University. In 1998, Trinity began a now thriving relationship with Bexley Hall/Seabury Western Episcopal Seminary, whose faculty and students are part of the academic and community life of Trinity.

Committed to the holistic formation of resilient leaders for missional ministry, Trinity offers seven Master’s degree programs, including the M. Div. and an M.A. in Church Music, the only degree of its kind among the ELCA’s eight seminaries. In conjunction with the Methodist Theological School in Ohio, Trinity also offers the Doctor of Ministry degree.

Trinity’s location in suburban Columbus, Ohio, allows easy access to urban, suburban, and rural contexts. In challenging economic times Trinity has remained debt free and, among the ELCA’s eight seminaries, has continually graduated its students with the least amount of  educational debt related to their seminary education.

Trinity’s next president will possess the skills needed to:
• Develop and communicate a compelling vision for theological education in the 21st-century;
• Coordinate a team that will lead the seminary in the areas of enrollment, financial management, and development;
• Develop and nurture relationships with and among Trinity alumni/ae, constituents, and friends;
• Relate to the community of scholars with significant theological expertise, preferably possessing an earned doctorate;
• Maintain and enhance the seminary’s significant ecumenical commitments;
• Vigorously pursue conversations already underway with neighboring Capital University in pursuit of reclaiming the two schools’ shared history and mission.

Nominations and expressions of interest may be directed to:
Dr. John Marr, Chair, Presidential Search Committee
c/o Trinity Lutheran Seminary
2199 East Main Street
Columbus, OH 43209
or  via e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. through March 1, 2013, or until the position is filled.

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