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Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) is a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. LSTC is located near the University of Chicago in the Hyde Park neighborhood. LSTC is a member of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS), a consortium of eleven area seminaries and theological schools. It shares the JKM Library and portions of its campus with McCormick Theological Seminary. Although regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, the school is on probation for its significant financial troubles.[3]

Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
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EstablishedSeptember 4, 1962
AffiliationEvangelical Lutheran Church in America
Endowment$23.1 million[1]
PresidentJames Nieman
Academic staff



On September 4, 1962, Augustana Theological Seminary, Grand View Seminary, Chicago Lutheran Theological Seminary, and Suomi Theological Seminary consolidated to form the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC). The context and impetus for that union was the merger that same year of the American Evangelical Lutheran Church, Augustana Evangelical Lutheran Church, Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (Suomi Synod), and United Lutheran Church in America, that came together as the Lutheran Church in America (LCA).

For the next five years, the Lutheran School of Theology operated from two locations: the Augustana campus in Rock Island, Illinois, and the Chicago Lutheran campus in Maywood, Illinois, while an urban, university-related setting in the Chicago area was found. Three months before the seminary officially opened its doors adjacent to the University of Chicago campus, Central Lutheran Theological Seminary became the fifth LCA seminary to enter the merger. On October 22, 1967, the campus in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood was dedicated.[citation needed]

In 1983, ten members of the faculty of Christ Seminary-Seminex, St. Louis, Missouri. relocated to LSTC. On December 31, 1987, the two schools merged so they might enter as a unified body into the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) as it officially came into existence on January 1, 1988.[citation needed]

Notable scholars have taught at the school, including Barbara Rossing, Linda E. Thomas, Antje Jackelén, Robert Fischer, Arthur Võõbus, Frederick William Danker, Joseph Sittler, Philip Hefner, Richard A. Jensen, Carl Braaten, Albert "Pete" Pero Jr., Harold Vogelaar, Paul Manz, David Rhoads, Kurt Hendel, Ralph Klein, Vitor Westhelle, Mark Swanson, and Edgar Krentz.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ As of June 30, 2009. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2009 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2008 to FY 2009" (PDF). 2009 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved February 10, 2010.
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  3. ^ Doug Lederman (February 2, 2018). "Another Seminary Faces Financial (and Accreditation) Woes". Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved February 2, 2018.

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