Aerial View of Lancaster Seminary Campus

Aerial views of Lancaster Theological Seminary's campus plus interior footage from the Seminary's Santee Chapel and Dietz Refectory.

Come and See - Lancaster Seminary

Join Lancaster Seminary Professor Lee Barrett, internationally known Kierkegaard scholar and author, on a tour and hear from students about the hallmarks of a Lancaster Seminary education: a sense of belonging in a vibrant, intimate community; a commitment to diversity in all of its forms; and world-class faculty committed to student formation.

191st Commencement - Dr. Tony Campolo

Delivering the 191st Commencement address at Lancaster Theological Seminary, renowned author, preacher and educator Dr. Tony Campolo describes the church for the new century. Dr. Campolo, professor emeritus at Eastern University, is co-founder of the Red Letter Christian movement and the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education. Commencement was held on Saturday, May 14, 2016, at Church of the Apostles, 1850 Marietta Avenue, Lancaster. For more information on Dr. Campolo, go to

Dr. Tony Campolo: Living Out Matthew 25:40

Lancaster Seminary presents renowned preacher, speaker and author Dr. Tony Campolo speaking on A Spirit of Abundance in Tough Times: Living Out Matthew 25:40. The event, part of the Seminary's Alumni/ae Day May 13, was held at Bright Side Baptist Church in Lancaster. Dr. Campolo's inspiring and challenging message focused on economic injustice from a faith perspective.

Hallmarks of a Lancaster Seminary Experience

Garrett Book (MDiv '15), Amy Carlson (MDiv '15), and Nick Peterson (MDiv '13) describe what makes the Lancaster Seminary experience so unique and special.

LECTURE - D. Amanda Kemp: Calling in the Tribe: Ancestors, Art & Social Change

Dr. Amanda Kemp, Visiting Scholar in African Studies at Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, Pa., presents a performance lecture, "Calling in the Tribe: Ancestors, Art and Social Change," that is part music, part memoir, part dramatic journey to remember our past and reinvigorate people of faith, artists, and social change agents. Featuring African-American spirituals, improvised and classical music. With violinist Michael Jamanis. This performance lecture, presented during African American Heritage Week, was made possible by The Nathan Baxter Fund.

LECTURE - Dr. Greg Carey: Was Paul Happy?

Lancaster Seminary's 2016 Spring Convocation features Dr. Greg Carey, Professor of New Testament, presenting: "Was Paul Happy?" Many imagine Paul as frustrated and cranky, the kind of man who would yell, “Get off my lawn!” He never uses the Greek language of happiness, favoring joy instead. Moreover, Paul’s model of ministry favors self-sacrifice over gratification. Yet we read Paul in a society endlessly obsessed with happiness. What happens when we bring contemporary understandings of happiness to Paul’s letters? Dr. Carey's current research projects involve how real people engage the Bible. This lecture is part of a larger exploration of happiness and Scripture.

LECTURE - Dr. Kostis Kourelis: Medieval Modern: Church Architecture for the Present

Dr. Kostis Kourelis, chair, Dept. of Art & Art History, and Associate Professor of Art History at Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, Pa., presents a lecture that begins with the question: Are the theological and architectural challenges of the 19th century relevant in the era of the megachurch? After surveying Lancaster's theological legacy, he looks at how it can help us navigate through the architectural choices of the present. The lecture was sponsored by The Elmer R. Cook Memorial Endowment Fund.

LECTURE - Dr. Judith Plaskow: The Politics of Public Space: Bodies, Restrooms and Social Justice

Our academic lecture during LGBTQIA Pride Week features Dr. ​Judith Plaskow, ​Professor Emerita of Religious Studies at ​Manhattan College. She focuses on the issue of toilet provision for women and transgender people, exploring how unequal power relations are reflected in the built environment. What does it mean theologically and practically to acknowledge elimination as a basic human function, much the same way that queer studies acknowledge and reclaim sexuality?

LECTURE - Dr. David Mellott: Resurrecting Seminary for the Life of the World

In the opening academic lecture at Fall 2015 Convocation, Dr. David M. Mellott, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Lancaster Seminary, says that we must rethink everything we know about the world, the church, discipleship, and ministry.

190th Commencement Address - Rev. Dr. Kenneth Samuel

“Let's go outside with Jesus’’ sounds like a pleasant stroll on a spring day. It is not, if you listen to the words of Dr. Kenneth Lee Samuel, chief speaker at the 190th commencement of Lancaster Theological Seminary, held Saturday at Church of the Apostles off Marietta Avenue. Going outside with Jesus, Samuel noted, means leaving one’s comfort zone, abandoning conventional thinking and, ultimately, sacrifice, as Jesus faced on a hill called Calvary outside Jerusalem. (from newspaper story by Steven Kopfinger, LNP)

LECTURE - Dr. Debbie Creamer: Made in the Image of God: Rethinking Accessible to All

Our Disability Awareness Week lecturer, Dr. Deborah B. Creamer, is Director of Accreditation and Institutional Evaluation at the Association for Theological Schools in the US and Canada. She is the author of "Disability and Christian Theology: Embodied Limits and Constructive Possibilities." Dr. Creamer's lecture was co-sponsored by Church of the Apostles UCC, Lancaster, Pa.

From the Front Lines of the Fight for Freedom

Lancaster Seminary's role in the struggle for civil rights in the 20th century is told by former faculty and alumni who marched, lobbied, and fought for equality and understanding.

LECTURE - Rev. Dr. Stephanie Crumpton: Laugh, Dance, Cry - Re-Bodying Identities Dis-Integrated by Violence

In this academic lecture, Dr. Stephanie Crumpton, Lancaster Seminary Assistant Professor of Practical Theology, addresses issues relating to theology and violence, asking the questions: -- What resources help us identify and interrogate theological traditions that serve to justify the violence and subjugation of Black flesh and identity? -- What process enables us to grapple with how we have internalized white supremacy as the lynch pin in our own unconsciously motivate leanings? Dr. Crumpton is author of "A Womanist Pastoral Theology Against Intimate and Cultural Violence" (2014, Palgrave Macmillan). Included in the lecture is an excerpt from the motion picture "Beloved" (Director Jonathan Demme. Performers: Oprah Winfrey, Danny Glover. DVD. Touchstone Pictures, 1998.) The lecture was sponsored by The Nathan Baxter Fund.

LECTURE - Dr. Anne Thayer: Ministry in the Margins

In the Spring 2015 Convocation Lecture, Lancaster Seminary professor Dr. Anne Thayer introduces Thomas Swalwell, a monk living in northern England on the even of the Reformation. The notes he left in the margins of his many books reveal a studious pastor attentive to contemporary theological currents, crafting sermons urging clergy to a renewed sense of their calling.

LECTURE - Dr. J. Kameron Carter: Bonhoeffer's (Failed) Blackness

Dr. J. Kameron Carter, associate professor of Theology & Black Church Studies at Duke University Divinity School, delivered the Swander lecture Dec. 4, 2014, speaking about issues of race, justice and the so-called post-racial period and the recent protests over the police killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. We thank co-sponsors The Rev. John Swander, D.D, & Mrs. Barbara Kimmell Swander, and Trinity Lutheran Church.

LECTURE - Dr. Douglas (Jake) Jacobsen: The Newly FLAT World of Global Christianity

The dynamics of the world Christian movement have changed. Europe and North America no longer dominate. A common observation is that the center of Christianity has shifted from the global North to the global South, but it is more accurate to say that the Christian world has become “flat.” There no longer is a global Christian center nor Christian sidelines. Christians everywhere now have the power to shape and influence Christianity around the globe.

LECTURE - Rev. Adam Hamilton: Five Essential Principles for Effective Church Leadership

Hear what it takes to successfully lead a congregation from the founder and pastor of the largest United Methodist church in the United States, Adam Hamilton. He spoke at Lancaster Seminary October 23, 2014 before an overflow crowd of students, faculty,alumni/ae, and community members.

LECTURE - Dr. Lee Barrett: When Sparks Fly: Where Mercersburg & Bonhoeffer Meet, The Sheldon & Marie Mackey Memorial lecture

The Sheldon and Marie Mackey Memorial Lecture When Sparks Fly: Where Mercersburg and Bonhoeffer Meet Dr. Lee Barrett Mary B. and Henry P. Stager Chair in Theology Professor of Systematic Theology Lancaster Theological Seminary Thursday, 25 September 2014

LECTURE - Rev James Forbes: A Divine Sign with Policy Implications

We were honored to host Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr., as part of our African American Heritage Celebration 2014, sponsored by the Nathan Baxter Fund for African American Studies. Senior Minister Emeritus at Riverside Church in Harlem, Rev. Forbes has been called "one of America's greatest black preachers" by Ebony magazine, and named as one of 12 "most effective preachers in the English-speaking world" by Newsweek magazine.

Meet Dorcas Kumba Kamanda, MDiv 2014

Dorcas, a nurse from Sierra Leone, chose Lancaster Seminary for her Master of Divinity degree. It is, she says, "a place that welcomes you no matter who you are."

Meet Rev. Celestine Brooks, MDiv 2013

Now associate pastor at David's UCC in Canal Winchester, Ohio, Rev. Brooks says Lancaster Seminary is a diverse, nurturing environment that gave her the education and courage to embark on a ministerial career.

Lancaster - A City Authentic

Seminary students give you a taste of this dynamic small city with historic roots and a vibrant arts scene.

Meet Thomas Coates, MDiv 2013

For Thomas, Lancaster Seminary was a safe place of diversity, warm acceptance, spiritual growth and new beginnings. This former stage and costume designer, and educator is completing a chaplaincy at an Orlando, Florida hospital.

Meet Sage Olnick, MDiv 2013

Sage came to Lancaster Seminary after a nursing career to become a hospital chaplain. "The hospital is my church," she says. She credits her field education, ministerial studies, and her classmates who are forging new paths and transforming the world for giving her the insights and courage to become "the God rep who shows up" during times of crisis and trauma.

Meet Rev. Dr. Susan Minasian, MDiv 1986, DMin 2013

Susan, the Franklin & Marshall College chaplain, first came to Lancaster Seminary to use the arts as vehicles for vocational discernment. She found that learning here "is organic and grounded in phenomenal scholarship, led by sages who inspire."

How'd They Do That?

The Worship Design Team - Fa Lane, Scott Siciliano, Nick Peterson, and Dr. David Mellott - tell how they bring together our "extremely diverse" learning community in meaningful, moving worship experiences.

Lancaster Hallmarks - 2 minute version

A recent graduate of Lancaster Seminary, and two current MDiv students describe the qualities that stand out among the hallmarks of a Lancaster Seminary education: A sense of belonging to a vibrant, intimate community; distinguished faculty who are committed to student formation; and a commitment to diversity in all of its forms.