About United Lutheran Seminary

Unifying, Learning, Serving.

Our Mission

Unifying, Learning, Serving: United Lutheran Seminary is a welcoming and diverse learning community equipping people to proclaim the living Gospel for a changing church and world.

Our Vision

Our vision is to be an innovative and vibrant seminary centered in the gospel of Jesus Christ, forming faithful servant leaders bold in public witness and action in welcoming learning environments that are Lutheran in focus, ecumenical in practice, and led by grace.

Our Values

United Lutheran Seminary bears witness to the love of God in seeking to be a Unifying, Learning, and Serving faith community. This Christian calling leads us to affirm the following values:
Love and Justice: The seminary shall live in God’s love for all through advocacy, compassion, forgiveness, reconciliation,humility, dignity, respect, and openness.

Worship and Grace: The seminary shall be a place of radical hospitality: welcoming, affirming, and open to all who study,worship, work, and visit at our Seminary, as well as to the community at large.
Diversity and Inclusivity: The seminary affirms its biblical, liturgical, and Lutheran confessional heritage, welcoming and thriving on the diversity of traditions that engage with the community, including the cultural diversity represented within the communities surrounding the Seminary and the world. This includes, but is not limited to, all races, ethnicities, national origins, languages of origins, immigration statuses, mental illnesses, physical attributes or abilities, ages, family structures, gender identities, gender expressions,sexual orientations, cultural backgrounds, former incarcerations, recovery statuses, religious affiliations, and socio-economic status.

Transparency and Trust: The seminary seeks to maintain integrity through ethical leadership, openness in decision making, and policy setting processes, while keeping confidentiality as necessitated by law, human rights, and respect for people

Integrity and Inquiry: The seminary recognizes the importance of high academic standards grounded in integrity to equip students to be competent, curious, creative thinkers open to sustained civil academic discourse and engagement in public ministry in the church and world. It also affirms the importance of lifelong learning for all people.
Community and Wholeness: The seminary seeks to advance and protect the health and wholeness for all members of the community by practicing discipleship, stewardship, peace-making, and flexibility. It does not tolerate physical, verbal, sexual, emotional harassment or abuse. We reject these intersecting oppressions and seek their transformation.
Partnership and Accountability: The seminary fosters cooperation with other institutions of the Church such as the ELCA, ELCA Seminaries, synods, and congregations as well as the judicatories, seminaries, and congregations o various traditions with which we collaborate. We hold ourselves accountable to our academic accreditors, to the Church, our partners, the community, and the world..

Why ULS?

Theological education can help you to discern and to live out your unique calling from God. United Lutheran Seminary has a combined 346 years of guiding those called to ministry to the path that God is calling them to travel.

Our rich history includes educating the first African-American ordained Lutheran priest, Daniel Payne, and the first woman ordained in the Lutheran church in the U.S., Elizabeth Platz. The Philadelphia campus dates back to the early days of Lutheranism in America, tracing its descent from the Ministerium of Pennsylvania founded by Rev. Henry Melchior Muhlenberg, the “Father of American Lutheranism,” in 1748.

Whether you are a prospective student, or a lay leader looking to pursue continuing education, United Lutheran Seminary is a place where you can live out your call as a servant of God and neighbor.

United Lutheran Seminary is a Reconciling in Christ seminary.

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ULS by the Numbers

300+
Students
21
Faculty
28
Denominations represented on campus
1 Seminary
2 Campuses
7
Degrees

Gettysburg Campus

Located within two hours of Baltimore and Washington D.C., the Gettysburg campus of United Lutheran Seminary is situated in the heart of one of our country’s most charming and historically important towns.

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Philadelphia Campus

Located in the historic Mt. Airy neighborhood, students love not only the picturesque campus, but also the wide-variety of opportunities that are available in the neighborhood. You can also get right into the heart of Philadelphia and beyond using one of the two train stations or public transportation that are blocks from campus.

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Human Resources

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IT

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Communications

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Chapel

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Library

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Meet Our INTERIM PRESIDENT

Rev. Dr. Angela Zimmann


Pastor Angela Zimmann was appointed Interim President of United Lutheran Seminary on December 1, 2019. She succeeds Dr. Richard Green. Prior to this appointment, Pastor Angela served as Vice President for Institutional Advancement at ULS, where she is also Adjunct Professor of Homiletics.

Pastor Angela previously served as Bishop’s Assistant to Rev. Munib Younan, President of the Lutheran World Federation in Jerusalem, Palestine/Israel; Co-Pastor at Redeemer Lutheran in the Old City of Jerusalem; Pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Riga, MI; and, Pastor at St. John Lutheran Church in Dundee, MI.

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192 Years of Tradition

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