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LTSS Student Highlights
LTSS Student Highlights

The Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary of Lenoir-Rhyne provides a Christ-centered culture for its students, which is faithfully Lutheran and welcoming to a diverse group of denominations. Students at LTSS can engage with dedicated and experienced faculty as they study to become future leaders of the church.

Program of study: Master of Sacred Theology
Hometown: Columbia, South Carolina

Through the Master of Sacred Theology program, Jeffrey Howard has had the opportunity to engage in theological studies based on his own interests in African-American culture and history. Upon graduation, Howard is interested in pastoring in a congregation and teaching as a professor. He has been impacted by the professors at LTSS who he believes provide a highly engaging classroom experience.

"The faculty at LTSS bring a uniqueness to the methodology in teaching which creates a very enriching and inviting experience for students in the classroom. I feel comfortable engaging with professors who challenge me to use theological practices and research as tools to help tell the African- American's plight."

Program of study: Master of Sacred Theology
Hometown: Hartsville, South Carolina

Insightful and accomplished faculty at LTSS have played an integral role in training John Kronz for ordained ministry in the United Methodist Church. He feels the program has allowed him to focus closely on the subject of same-sex marriage and theology.

"There is a great deal of pastoral experience among the professors here at the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. They provide insight in contemporary issues and in current theological academia. I feel well prepared to discuss human sexuality more than I ever was before. LTSS is truly a place to be 'transformed by the renewal of your mind (Romans 12:2).'"

ROBIN PINGILLEY Program of study: Master of Divinity
Hometown: Baltimore, Maryland

Upon completing the Master of Divinity program, Robin Pingilley has plans to become an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. She is driven by her desire to serve God and her trust in His ability to prepare her for serving a congregation in word and sacramental ministry.

"My passion for pursuing a Master of Divinity degree comes from my desire to be obedient to God, regardless of where He leads me. I believe wholeheartedly that God equips those He calls to ministry. I'm fully leaning into this season of my life and taking advantage of the knowledge, experience, and support of the faculty and other caretakers at the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary."