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B.A., M.Div., Th.M., D.Min.,D.D. President B.A., St. Olaf College, 1966; M.Div., Luther Seminary,1970; Th.M., Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, 1971; D.Min.,San Francisco Theological Seminary, 1991; D.D., Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, 2001; Pastorates: American Lutheran Church, Newport, WA and First Lutheran Church, Spirit Lake, ID, 1971-75; Christ the Victor Lutheran Church, Fairfax, CA, 1975-83; King of Glory Lutheran Church, Billings, MT, 1983-88; Assistant to the Bishop, Montana Synod, ELCA, 1988-91; Bishop, Montana Synod, ELCA, 1991-2001; President, Trinity Lutheran Seminary, 2001- .


Mark R. Ramseth assumed the office of President at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in 2001, after serving as bishop of the ELCA's Montana Synod. Prior to his election as bishop, he served as organizing pastor/developer at King of Glory Lutheran Church in Billings; pastor and executive director of Christ the Victor Lutheran Church and Retreat Center, Fairfax, California; and pastor of American Lutheran Church, Newport, Washington, and First Lutheran Church, Spirit Lake, Idaho.

Dr. Ramseth served as an officer and member of the Commission for Accreditation of The Association of Theological Schools, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and the Association's Board of Directors. He is the executive director of the Covenant Cluster of the ELCA and president of the Theological Consortium of Greater Columbus. He served on the Board of Directors at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkeley, and on the Board of Regents at Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota, and Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington. He was the liaison bishop to the ELCA's Department for Communication Advisory Committee and was a member of the ELCA Conference of Bishops.

From 1977 to 1996, Dr. Ramseth played cello with the Marin and Billings symphonies.

Dr. Ramseth has degrees from San Francisco Theological Seminary; Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary; Union Theological Seminary, Virginia; Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota; and St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota.

He is married to Carol Hustad Ramseth, a 2007 Trinity graduate who is serving as interim pastor in the Southern Ohio Synod. They have four daughters and two granddaughters.