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Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary


Answer the call. Bring change to the world through the power of the Gospel.

At Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (LTSS) we teach, form and nurture women and men for leadership in public ministry in a context that is Christ-centered, faithfully Lutheran and ecumenically committed.

Our focus is on preparing students to excel in a variety of ministry settings—youth and family ministry, music ministry, faith formation, chaplaincy and directors of faith-based non-profit organizations. 

 

New Hybrid-Online M.Div Option
Beginning in fall 2022, the M.Div program will be offered in a hybrid-online format. Students can choose to attend in-person on the LTSS campus or through a hybrid-online format.

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Students Come from Many Denominations


We believe that being Lutheran means being in relationship with other denominations. That’s why many of our students are Methodists, Baptists and from other denominations. We provided a Christ-centered campus community uniting racially, economically and culturally diverse individuals in worship, study and prayer.

Points of Distinction


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  • Only ELCA seminary located in the southeastern United States.
  • Only seminary in South Carolina approved for training United Methodist clergy.
  • Designated a Reconciling in Christ institution. We have made a public commitment to offer hospitality and welcome to all who enter our academic programs.
  • Only one of seven ELCA seminaries to offer military chaplaincy certificate, which combines two of the greatest callings a person can receive: to serve God and to serve others.

We offer experiences inside and outside the classroom that will help challenge you to grow spiritually and academically. If you're curious to learn more, we encourage you to read about some of our incredible alumni.

Kim Bryant

I am grateful for the rigor of the courses, which required us to dig deep into the scripture and ourselves as we studied the word of God.

Kim Bryant, MACM '21

Graduate Degree Programs


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Our degree programs are designed to prepare you for a variety of ministry settings, such as youth and family ministry, music ministry, faith formation, chaplaincy and directors of faith-based non-profit organizations.

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Faculty & Staff


Meet our expert faculty and staff who will support you during your time at LTSS.

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Answer the Call


Bring change to the world through the power of the Gospel.

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Faculty Who have Doctoral Degrees
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Only ELCA seminary in the southeastern U.S.
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News & Events

In support of continued efforts to improve the on-campus experience for students, faculty, staff and community members, The Cannon Charitable Trusts have awarded multiple grants totaling $436,990 to Lenoir-Rhyne University.

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Lenoir-Rhyne University will enhance mental health and medical health services on campus through an agreement with TimelyMD, the premier tele-health provider for higher education.

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