News: The Passing of the Rev. Dr. Fred Meuser
An institution of the Evangelical Lutheran Church
in America, Trinity Lutheran Seminary at Capital
University is committed to expanding its students'
discernment of faith, responsibility to one another
and purposeful impact. That's forming leaders for
Christ's church at work in the world.
We Share a Common Mission and HistoryIn 1830, the
church founded the Evangelical
Lutheran Theological Seminary
in Ohio to educate pastors in the
region, which later resulted in the
charter of Capital University in
1850. Despite numerous changes
over the years, the relationship
between the church and the
university remained strong.
On January 1, 2018, the historic
bonds between Capital and
Trinity were restored, promising
a stronger future for both
institutions. Trinity Lutheran
Seminary at Capital University
is sustainably empowered to
deliver an innovative, integrative
and invigorating theological
education through one of Ohio’s
top comprehensive, private
universities, and to impact the
world as one of the strongest
seminaries of the Evangelical
Lutheran Church in America.
Beyond the BooksA theological seminary is more than an educational institution. It is also a community of Christians gathering in the name of Jesus to praise the Lord and to be empowered for mission. A seminary education involves seeking the maximum possible involvement in the various dimensions of the entire experience: academics, common meals, worship, ministry in context, community life and special programs.
The church is called to be a servant-witness in the world. That requires leaders who are formed in faith, informed by knowledge, and experienced in practical application of their learning. As the world around us changes, church leaders need to be able to speak the Gospel in new ways to new audiences in new contexts.
The coming together of Trinity Lutheran Seminary and Capital University was driven by an alignment in purpose and a strong belief that, united, the institutions can make a greater difference in our changing world than they can achieve separately. Trinity’s mission of forming leaders for Christ’s church at work in the world remains strong and clear. Uniting with Capital provides interdisciplinary resources and stimulates rich conversations for living out that mission in new and exciting ways.
Whether you are a prospective student discerning a call to ministry or to further theological study, an alumnus or alumna eager to see your alma mater continue preparing strong leaders for the church’s work in the world, or a friend interested in supporting this mission with your financial gifts, we are grateful to be in relationship with you. In the words of hymn writer Richard Leach, ‘Come, join the dance of Trinity!’