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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. 

 

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.

Full-Tuition Scholarships


We are committed to offering generous scholarships to students of all denominations, up to full-tuition grants. ELCA students who receive a Fund for Leaders tuition grant receive an LTSS grant which covers up to the full cost of on-campus housing.

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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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News & Events

Many told Stephen Abbott he had a calling on his life as a young boy. However, his calling in ministry happened later in life due to different circumstances and the way God shaped his story.

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Faith has always played a prominent role in Kristen Baker’s life, and the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary continues to shape her faith and ministry. After working in corporate America for several years, yet feeling the call to ministry, Baker started classes in the Master of Divinity program in 2019.

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