Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary

Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary


Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary

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

At present, PLTS has 11 full time, 10 part time, 25 adjunct faculty members and offers Master's and Doctoral Degrees in Theology, Ministry, Education, and other forms of Christian service. The seminary is partnered with Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, Minnesota, to serve all of Regions I, II, and III an ELCA designation that covers the thirteen synods of the western U.S. In 1989 PLTS opened a satellite school in Manhattan Beach, California, which in 1992 moved to the Claremont School of Theology. 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 a...
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