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Luther Seminary


St. Paul, MN

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Luther Seminary

Physical Address:
St. Paul, MN 55108 
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Richard Foss
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Luther Seminary

Physical Address:
St. Paul, MN 55108 
Web URL:
NTEE Category:
B Educational Institutions 
B50 Graduate, Professional(Separate Entities) 
X Religion, Spiritual Development 
X21 Protestant 
B Educational Institutions 
B82 Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards 
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Mission Statement

Luther Seminary is the largest of the eight seminaries of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). It educates nearly 1/3 of the pastors in the ELCA and nearly ½ of its lay rostered professionals. About 15% of the Luther seminary students represent faith traditions other than Lutheran, with Methodists and Presbyterian students being the most common. In addition, 61 international students from 22 different countries study at Luther Seminary. The seminary believes that God is calling the church into apostolic mission in a world of many cultures and religions. Therefore, it seeks to prepare leaders who are rooted in the confessional heritage of the church in order to serve the 21st church flexibly and imaginatively. Luther Seminary also offers the most extensive program of continuing education and lifelong learning in the Lutheran Church. Literally thousands of pastors, laypeople and church professionals from many denominations take part in conferences, continuing education workshops and lay classes or use educational resources developed by the seminary.

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Richard Foss


Richard ("Rick") Foss came to Luther Seminary as director of the Contextual Learning in 2008. Previously, he served as bishop for the Eastern North Dakota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), a position he held since 1992. Following his graduation from St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn. in 1966, Foss earned a Master of Divinity degree at Luther Seminary in 1971 and a Master of Theology degree from Luther Northwestern Seminary in 1984. Foss was ordained in 1971. He served congregations in Minneapolis from 1971-1977. While at those congregations, he served as interim instructor of homiletics at Luther Seminary (1976). Foss has served congregations in Minnesota, North Dakota and Washington. In 1995 he was named as one of three finalists for presiding bishop of the ELCA. Foss is co-founder of Daily Bread in Fargo, N.D. and served on its board of directors (1991-2000). He was a founding advisory board member of Healthy Congregations Inc. (1997-2006), a member of the theological and ethical concerns committee, Conference of Bishops (1992-2004) and has served the governing boards of Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn., Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, Oak Grove Lutheran School, Fargo, N.D., and Luther Seminary.

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Program: Luther Seminary

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Program Description:

Enrollment at Luther Seminary is strong at 796 students. The seminary offers five degrees, including the Master of Divinity degree, in which approximately half the students are enrolled. Other degrees offered include the Master of Arts, Master of Theology, Master of Sacred Music, Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Ministry.

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Graduated over150 students who became pastors, lay professionals, professors, church musicians and other leaders throughout the Christian church.

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