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Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary

Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary (PLTS) in Berkeley, California, is a seminary affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and California Lutheran University, and is a member school of the Graduate Theological Union.[2]

Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary
Type Seminary
Established 1950
Affiliation Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Endowment $9.5 million[1]
Rector Raymond Pickett
Academic staff
4 full time, 4 part time
Postgraduates 47
Location Berkeley, California
Campus 9 acres (36,000 m2)



Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary was founded in 1950 and held its first classes in 1952 as a seminary of the United Lutheran Church in America, later the Lutheran Church in America and American Lutheran Church and currently the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). As one of eight seminaries training ministers and educators for the ELCA, PLTS was preceded by a school called the Pacific Lutheran Seminary, which was located first in Portland, Oregon, and then in Seattle, Washington, from 1910 to 1934.

As of January 1, 2014, PLTS became the seminary of California Lutheran University, a Lutheran university located in Thousand Oaks, California.[3][2]

Academic programsEdit

PLTS has 11 full-time, 10 part-time, and 25 adjunct faculty members, and offers Master's and Doctoral Degrees in Theology, Ministry, Education, and other forms of Christian service. The seminary serves all of the ELCA and has specific ties to Regions I, II, and III and the thirteen synods of the western U.S. PLTS was founded to meet the missional needs of the Lutheran Church in the western United States. PLTS was a founding member of the Graduate Theological Union.

PLTS partners with eleven ELCA synods and with the national units of the ELCA, and several foundations. Together they have worked to develop the Theological Education for Emerging Ministries program.

On April 24, 2009, the Board of Directors of PLTS voted unanimously to seek a Reconciling in Christ (RIC) designation from Lutherans Concerned/North America (LC/NA), the first seminary in the ELCA to do so. Shortly thereafter, LC/NA added a new "Seminaries" category to its list of RIC organizations and made PLTS the first member of that category.

Notable facultyEdit


  1. ^ As of June 30, 2011. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2011 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2010 to FY 2011" (PDF). National Association of College and University Business Officers. January 17, 2012. p. 22. Retrieved February 14, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary". 
  3. ^ "California Lutheran University". Cal Lutheran. 

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