Wartburg Theological Seminary
|President||Rev. Louise N. Johnson|
|Affiliations||Evangelical Lutheran Church in America|
Wartburg Theological Seminary is a Lutheran (ELCA) seminary located in Dubuque, Iowa. It offers three graduate-level degrees (MA, MA Diaconal Ministry, and MDiv), a TEEM (Theological Education for Emerging Ministries) Certificate, and a Diploma in Anglican Studies, all of which are accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. Students may also choose to add two concentrations: Youth, Culture, and Mission; and Hispanic Ministry.
All three of Wartburg Theological Seminary’s Master's degrees offer the option for Distributed Learning Programs, which combine online learning, intensive courses on-campus, and residential formation. Wartburg also offers a Fully Distributed Master of Arts option without a semester-long residency requirement.
Three academic and missional centers are found at Wartburg Theological Seminary, built on their historic strengths: Center for Global Theologies, Center for Theology & Land (rural ministry), and Center for Youth Ministries.
The Lutheran Seminary Program in the Southwest (LSPS) is a program of Wartburg Theological Seminary and the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. LSPS educates women and men for ordained ministry through TEEM (Theological Education for Emerging Ministry).
Wartburg Theological Seminary also cherishes long-term ties with global partners, including: Haiti, Tanzania, Guyana, Namibia, Papua New Guinea (with the PNG Museum located on campus), and others.
Wartburg Theological Seminary serves the mission of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America by being a worship-centered community of critical theological reflection where learning leads to mission and mission informs learning. Within this community, Wartburg educates women and men to serve the church's mission as ordained and lay leaders. This mission is to proclaim and interpret the gospel of Jesus Christ to a world created for communion with God and in need of personal and social healing.
Values Within the Mission
Theological education at Wartburg Theological Seminary is shaped by faithful study and interpretation of the Scripture as God's Word and is informed by Christian tradition and the Lutheran Confessions. Courses are reviewed by students and faculty to ensure they instill the twelve core pastoral practices outlined on the website.
- Wartburg Castle - the inspiration for Wartburg Seminary's architecture.
- Johann Konrad Wilhelm Löhe - founder of Wartburg Seminary.
- Richard A. Jensen - professor of Wartburg Seminary.