Next year's dates will be available by the end of July. The Summer Seminary
Sampler program will assist high school students (like you) to think about Christian vocation and how you choose to live your faith out in a
church or secular occupation. While living on campus, you will experience three basic
components of theological education— learning, serving the
people of God in various contexts, and further developing spirituality. Questions about the program should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or 614-236-6996.
What does a typical day look like during the program?During the week, you will have a variety of experiences including:
You can apply for Sampler during your freshman, sophomore, junior or senior year of high school. Even if you’ve just graduated high school, you are still eligible for Sampler.
Sara Cogsil attended the Summer Seminary Sampler program after her high school graduation in 2003. During her three-week stay at Trinity she gained new perspectives on the world and ministry, and was delighted to find like-minded young people who shared her passion to learn and serve Christ’s church. Her call to pastoral ministry solidified as she worked and studied during her three weeks of Sampler, and after college she decided to pursue a seminary education at Trinity Lutheran Seminary. For two summers, Sara gave back to the Sampler program by counseling the 2008 and 2010 Samplarians, and realized she had gifts for working with this particular age group. Sara graduated with her M.Div. in May 2013 and received a call to University Lutheran in East Lansing, Michigan where she serves.
What should I pack?
Can I attend the Summer Seminary Sampler more than one year?Yes - if you’ve been a participant after the 2014 summer. Each session has enough variation so Samplarians can apply for a different session each year during high school.
What is a Samplarian?Anyone who has participated in the Summer Seminary Sampler during their high school years. So someone who participated in the June session of Sampler from 1999 is still a Samplarian in our records.What if I have special dietary needs?We work hard to meet each person’s dietary restrictions. If you do have a strict diet you adhere to for medical reasons, please note this on your paperwork packet so our staff are knowledgeable! Is Columbus safe?Trinity Lutheran Seminary at Capital University is located near the downtown of Columbus in the neighborhood of Bexley. Campus public safety is located within a block of the seminary and samplarian housing. Public safety works in partnership with the Bexley and city of Columbus police departments. We have a strict policy that Samplarians travel everywhere in pairs with counselor permission. We teach students to be street savvy as we’ll work in a variety of contexts around Columbus. (Trinity Lutheran Seminary is not responsible for any damaged or lost property such as phones, ipods, wallets, etc.)