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Encyclopedia > Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary

Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (LTSS), located in Columbia, SC, is a theological seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America offering first and second professional theological degrees. LTSS is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. The ELCA The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is a mainline Protestant denomination headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. ... The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS) is an organization of seminaries and other graduate schools of theology. ...



LTSS was founded in 1830 to help serve the needs of educating pastors for Lutheran Churches in the South. Rev. John Bachman was the first to call for the formation of a seminary, and LTSS owes much of its existence to his impassioned call for a place to educate future pastors. Originally, the campus was located in Pomaria, South Carolina. The first class graduated in 1834 and consisted of one person, Fredrick F. Harris. Harris was not awarded a degree, but was later ordained and thus is considered to be the first “graduate” of the seminary. The first persons on whom a degree was conferred were William Berly, Elijah Hawkins, and P.A. Strobel, all of whom graduated in 1836. Liberty Leading the People by Eugène Delacroix commemorates the July Revolution 1830 was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... Pomaria is a town located in Newberry County, South Carolina. ...

In 1834, the school was relocated to Lexington, SC where it remained from 1834-1856. The seminary maintained continuous enrollment until the time of the Civil War, when the entire student body, at this time consisting of exactly three students, left the school to join the Confederate Army. Only one, Jefferson A. Sligh, survived the conflict, and though he never returned to complete his degree, he was eventually ordained by the South Carolina Synod. The seminary was again closed in 1865 due to a lack of students, but was reopened the following year. A civil war is a war in which the competing parties within the same country or empire struggle for national control of state power. ... This article is in need of attention. ...

In 1868 the seminary was again relocated, this time to Walhalla, South Carolina. The move was temporary as in 1872 the seminary was moved once again to Salem, Virgina, where it would remain until 1884. LTSS was again moved in 1885, this time to Newberry, SC, to the campus of Newberry College, a four year college sponsored by the South Carolina Synod. In 1903 LTSS was moved to Mt. Pleasant, SC, near Charleston, and was moved once more to Columbia, SC, in 1911 where it remains today. Walhalla is a city located in Oconee County, South Carolina. ... Newberry is a town located in Newberry County, South Carolina. ... Newberry College Newberry College is a liberal-arts college located on an eighty acre (324,000 m²) campus in Newberry, South Carolina. ... For more related articles, see alternate spelling Charlestown Charleston is the name of a dance and of several villages, towns and cities in New Zealand, the United States and Scotland. ...

In 2005, LTSS began celebrations for its 175th anniversary. Activities have been planned through graduation in 2006 and will include a number of worship services using Lutheran different prayer books that have been in service since the founding of the seminary.

Student Body

LTSS is a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and consists primarily of students who identify themselves as Lutherans. However, there are also significant populations of United Methodist and Episcopalian students (Rt. Rev. Neil Alexander, Episcopal Bishop of Atlanta, is actually a 1980 graduate of LTSS). In 2004, in cooperation with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, LTSS began a program designed specifically for Baptist students at the seminary. The student enrollment is roughly equal of men and women, and the average age for the junior class is typically around 35. The United Methodist Church is the largest Methodist denomination, and the second-largest Protestant one, in the United States. ... The word Episcopal is derived from the Greek επισκοπος epískopos, which literally means overseer; the word however is used in religious terms to mean bishop. ... This article is about the state capital of Georgia. ... Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, Inc. ...


LTSS awards three degrees: the Master of Divinity (M.Div.), the Master of Arts in Religion (M.A.R.), and the Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M.). In conjunction with the Lutheran Theological Seminary – Philadelphia, LTSS also offers students access to a Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degree. The vast majority of students at LTSS are enrolled in a program of study leading to the M.Div. degree as it is required by the ELCA for ordination as a pastor, though a sizable minority of students is also enrolled in the M.A.R. program since this degree is acceptable for rostering as an Associate in Ministry or a Diaconal Minister in the ELCA. Those students enrolled in the S.T.M. program are usually those who already have the M.Div. or M.A. and are seeking to enhance their existing ministerial credentials or prepare themselves for doctoral work in religion. Master of Divinity is a common degree among theological seminaries and is considered the minimum academic requirement for ordination into pastoral ministry. ... A masters degree is an academic degree usually awarded for completion of a postgraduate course of one or two years in duration. ... The Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M.) is a second level professional degree conferred by seminaries and theological colleges. ... The Doctor of Ministry degree is a professional doctorate in some area of applied theology, such as missions, evangelism, church growth, homiletics, or spiritual formation. ...

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