The 2010s … and beyond
Renewed challenges and opportunities have presented themselves to the seminary since 2010. The school started and graduated its first students from a new degree program called the Master of Arts in Public Leadership, designed to prepare theologically astute and socially conscious leaders for agencies of all kinds, including the large and remarkable Lutheran Social Ministry Organization network, which needs a new generation of leadership. The seminary is still attracting many new students each year. The trend is for more commuter and part-time seminarians, and nearly one-half of the student body is currently studying for one of several Advanced Level Degrees, including the DMin and the PhD. In 2013, the seminary tapped its first woman vice president, the Rev. Louise Johnson, who began her career at the seminary as Director of Admissions. The seminary explored joint collaborative efforts with other schools. Occupying administrative space in the seminary as of 2013 were the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the seminary’s parent denomination, and the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania. Regular curriculum review and revision continues. The seminary was awarded a $750,000 grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to make possible a connector between The Brossman Center and the Krauth Memorial Library, promoting easier access between both buildings, including the first full access to the library for students using wheelchairs. Your guides for this section include Dean Jayakiran Sebastian, seminary President Philip D. W. Krey, Vice President Louise Johnson, and others.
Read a special sermon on the 150th from alumnus
the Rev. George Keck from 2014 Spring Convocation.