Dean Mellott to Lead Indianapolis Seminary

Posted: Mar 08, 2019

The Rev. David M. Mellott, PhD, is stepping down as Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs to become President of Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis effective July 1. 


New Ministerial Institute Opens, Offers 3-Year Program

Posted: Feb 27, 2019

Lancaster Theological Seminary is launching the Ministerial Institute of the Pennsylvania Academy of Ministry that will offer a new, non-degree program to prepare people for ministerial...

Dr Francine McNairy Nelson to speak at Graduation

Posted: Jan 15, 2019

Lancaster Theological Seminary will hold its 194th Commencement at 11:00am on Saturday, May 4, 2019, at Church of the Apostles, 1850 Marietta Avenue, Lancaster. The Commencement speaker will...

UCC History & Polity Course Offered

Posted: Jan 08, 2019

From Feb. 22 - April 5, Lancaster Seminary is offering a special 7-week United Church of Christ History & Polity course for just $300. Classes will be held on campus on Friday afternoons...

Grant Funds York Scholarships, Field Education

Posted: Dec 17, 2018

The Powder Mill Foundation has awarded Lancaster Theological Seminary a $100,000 grant to support scholarships and field education programs in York County. The grant will help to provide...

Mayor to Speak at Convocation

Posted: Dec 17, 2018

Lancaster City Mayor Danene Sorace will deliver the Spring Convocation address at Lancaster Theological Seminary on Friday, January 11, 2019, at 3:30 p.m. in Santee Chapel. The title of...

Rev. Kim Kendrick Joins Admissions Team

Posted: Dec 12, 2018

Our new Admissions Associate is the Rev. Kim Kendrick. Kim earned a Master of Divinity and a Certificate in Youth and Young Adult Ministry at Lancaster Seminary in 2014. Most recently Kim...

Priest, Scholar, Pastor Elected Trustees

Posted: Oct 15, 2018

The Lancaster Theological Seminary Board of Trustees elected The Reverend Canon Betsy S. Ivey of Philadelphia, Messiah College Professor Emerson B. Powery, Ph.D., and Reverend J. Matthew...

Restorative Justice - Film & Discussion

Posted: Sep 17, 2018

Friday night, Sept. 28, we're opening our class Church & Social Change to the public for a special viewing of the award-winning film Milwaukee 53206. Join us at 7:00 p.m. in hafer Center, on...

New program can cover full tuition

Posted: Sep 14, 2018

Lancaster Seminary's new tuition-sharing scholarships make it possible to attend one of our master's degree programs tuition free. The Seminary will match, dollar-for-dollar, contributions...

Academic Exchange Agreement Signed with Tohoku Gakuin University

Posted: Jul 26, 2018

Lancaster Seminary President Carol E. Lytch and Norio Matsumoto, President of Tohoku Gakuin University, signed an international agreement for academic exchange and educational cooperation in...

Out of Exodus - New Book by Dr Darryl Stephens

Posted: May 29, 2018

Lancaster Theological Seminary Director of United Methodist Studies Dr. Darryl W. Stephens is author of a new book exploring what it means to be an open and affirming congregation. Out of...

Steven Hummel and Curly Stumb Honored

Posted: May 14, 2018

Lancaster Seminary awarded its highest alumni/ae honors to Rev. Steven C. Hummel of Bloomsburg, Pa., and Rev. C.L. "Curly" Stumb of Blowing Rock, NC, at Alumni/ae Day on May 4, 2018.


Rev. Traci Blackmon Scholarship Announced

Posted: May 13, 2018

Lancaster Theological Seminary is funding a new, one-time merit-based scholarship named in honor of its 2018 commencement speaker, The Reverend Traci Blackmon

In the fall, Lancaster...

193rd Commencement to be May 5

Posted: Apr 20, 2018

Lancaster Theological Seminary will hold its 193rd Commencement on Saturday, May 5, 2018. Commencement day will begin at 8 a.m. with a Baccalaureate Worship Service in Santee Chapel on the...

Gregg Scott Elected Trustee

Posted: Apr 20, 2018

The Lancaster Theological Seminary Board of Trustees elected Gregory J. Scott, FAIA, of Lancaster to serve a three-year term as trustee, re-elected five members to serve additional...

DMin Symposium

Posted: Mar 28, 2018

Thursday, April 5 four candidates for the Doctor of Ministry degree will present their doctoral projects during a symposium in Lark 206 starting at 9:30 am. All are welcome to attend. The...

Seminary hosts RISE mentoring program for women of color in ministry

Posted: Mar 14, 2018

Lancaster Seminary will host the first local meeting of RISE Together, a national mentorship program for women of color in ministry, on March 21. Mentors for the Lancaster RISE group are...

Faithful in Divisive Times: March Revival

Posted: Feb 19, 2018

All are welcome to March revival: Faithful in Divisive Times with Rev. Dr. Yvette Flunder, Presiding Bishop, The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries, and senior pastor of the City of Refuge...

Rev. Traci Blackmon to speak at graduation

Posted: Feb 16, 2018

Lancaster Theological Seminary's 193rd Commencement on Saturday, May 5, 2018 will feature Rev. Dr. Traci D. Blackmon who will deliver the commencement address.

Rev. Blackmon is Executive...

Rev. Stephen J. Wolma Named Director of Admissions & Financial Aid

Posted: Jan 17, 2018

Lancaster Seminary welcomes the Rev. Stephen J. Wolma as Director of Admissions & Financial Aid.

He joins us from Drew University where he was associate director of theological admissions....

Kim Smith Elected Trustee

Posted: Dec 21, 2017

Kim R. Smith of the Lancaster law firm Barley Snyder has been elected to the Lancaster Theological Seminary Board of Trustees. Smith, who has worked in both public education and higher...

Job Openings

Posted: Nov 29, 2017

We invite applications for 2 openings: Director of Annual Giving & Alumni/ae Affairs and Pastoral Theology Faculty.

UPDATE: The deadlines to apply have passed.

President Lytch Featured in Book about Women Trailblazers in Ministry

Posted: Nov 16, 2017

Lancaster Theological Seminary President Dr. Carol E. Lytch is featured in Faith of Our Mothers, Living Still, Princeton Seminary Women Redefining Ministry (Westminster John Knox Press,...

Lee Barrett: Five Takeaways from the Reformation

Posted: Oct 30, 2017

Martin Luther's message that "God loves you warts and all," was one of the key concepts that helped to spread what became known as the Protestant Reformation throughout Europe, according...

Is that Really God Speaking? Prophecy in the Bible and Today

Posted: Aug 29, 2017

Dr. Julia M. O'Brien, Lancaster Seminary Professor of Old Testament / Hebrew Bible, in her address at our Fall 2017 Convocation, said, "How to discern whether that is really God speaking is...

Taking a Spiritual Journey - One Step at a Time

Posted: Aug 26, 2017

Lancaster Seminary President Dr. Carol Lytch spent her summer vacation on a pilgrimage that has taken her 10 years to complete. She and husband Dr. Stephens Lytch this year completed the...

Forgiveness in Age of Moral Anger, Social Division, Spiritual Grief

Posted: Aug 22, 2017

We invite local pastors and lay leaders to the Sept. 16 session of our course Pastoring to the Public focusing on Amish Grace: Spiritual Considerations and Theological Insights in an Age of...

The Urgency of Our Times

Posted: Aug 21, 2017

Lancaster Seminary faculty and administrators have joined with UCC theological educators across the United States in a public statement "rejecting white supremacy as a profound moral evil."...

What Am I Doing Here?

Posted: Aug 15, 2017

That's a question many of us ask in seeking a purpose for our lives. In this sermon, President Lytch unpacks John 21, and considers what it is that we do just for the love of God.

Losing Your Life for Jesus to Save It

Posted: Jul 06, 2017

President Carol Lytch considers the meaning of a scripture passage, how it intersects with Lancaster Seminary's mission and our progress in reaching out to give people access to the treasure...

Catherine Williams Joins Faculty

Posted: May 12, 2017

Catherine E. Williams, PhD, starts July 1 as Assistant Professor of Preaching and Worship at Lancaster Seminary.

Dr. Williams, a native of Trinidad and Tobago, comes to us from both the...

Former University President and United Church Homes CEO Join Seminary Board

Posted: May 02, 2017

Retired Millersville University President Dr. Francine G. McNairy-Nelson and Rev. Kenneth Daniel, president and CEO of United Church Homes joined the Lancaster Seminary Board of Trustees on...

Emerson Powery to Deliver 192nd Commencement Address

Posted: Apr 03, 2017

New Testament scholar Emerson B. Powery, Ph.D., will deliver Lancaster Seminary's commencement address, “Will Generosity Have A Future?” on Sat., May 20, 2017. Dr. Powery is Professor of...

Parsing Trump on Islam

Posted: Mar 22, 2017

In a Huffington Post column, Professor of New Testament Dr. Greg Carey probes the president's "double messages" that embolden zealots. Read more here.

American Values, Religious Voices

Posted: Mar 13, 2017

Dr. Greg Carey, Lancaster Seminary Professor of New Testament, is one of 100 religious scholars participating in 100 Days 100 Letters. They are writing one page letters to the President,...

New Accelerated Bachelor’s to MDiv Program Announced with Elizabethtown College

Posted: Feb 06, 2017

Lancaster Theological Seminary and Elizabethtown College School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) are partnering to offer an exclusive accelerated admission process for students...

Anti-Poverty Activist Dan Jurman to Deliver Convocation Address

Posted: Jan 12, 2017

CEO of Lancaster's Community Action Program, Dan Jurman, will present "Follow Me: A Christological Model for Defeating Poverty," during the 192nd Spring Convocation at Lancaster Theological...

Epiphany Card Features Kurdish Artist’s Vision of Peaceful World

Posted: Jan 04, 2017

Lancaster Seminary's 2017 Epiphany card features artwork by Sadradeen Ameen, a Kurdish artist and Lancaster resident, that celebrates a vision of a vibrant, inclusive world in which all...

Board Welcomes 3 New Trustees

Posted: Dec 20, 2016

Brian R. Bodager, Eric Hoerner and Rev. Holly MillerShank, elected to the Lancaster Seminary Board of Trustees, bring "exceptionally important skills including financial management, capital...

Dean to Direct National Project on Future of Theological Education

Posted: Dec 14, 2016

Dr. David M. Mellott will direct a $275,000 national project exploring the future of theological education. Funded by a grant from The Henry Luce Foundation, the three-year project will...

Trustee Leads State Civil Rights Committee

Posted: Dec 12, 2016

Lancaster Seminary Trustee Patricia Hopson-Shelton has been appointed chair of the Pennsylvania advisory committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, leading a group of 14 state...

Stephanie Crumpton: Election Aftermath Requires Return to Faith that Fights Oppression

Posted: Nov 16, 2016

Rev. Dr. Stephanie Crumpton, assistant professor of practical theology at Lancaster Theological Seminary, comments to NBCBLK that she believes some churches are prepared to address the...

Dean Mellott Offers 3 Encouragements Post-Election

Posted: Nov 11, 2016

I image that we - and history - will look back on this moment in time as being significant. It may be because of the election results. But more likely it will be because we came face to face...

Our financial mentorship program is a “lifesaver” for students

Posted: Oct 27, 2016

Lancaster Seminary's pioneering program matching students with financial mentors is helping to reduce the burden and stresses of student debt. Funded by the Lilly Endowment and one of just a...

Lee Barrett To Open Kierkegaard Conference Inspired by His Book

Posted: Oct 18, 2016

Lancaster Seminary Professor Lee Barrett will deliver the opening address Oct. 27 at Villanova's international conference that was inspired by Barrett's recent book, Eros and Self-Emptying:...

President Lytch sees lament & hope in election

Posted: Oct 17, 2016

In a newspaper column, Lancaster Seminary President Carol Lytch observes faith communities as "a positive force to recover hope, be a force for reconciliation" during and after this often...

Our Dean Literally Wrote the Book: Finding Your Way in Seminary

Posted: Oct 07, 2016

Christian Century says Dr. David Mellot's new book is "a clear and practical guide to discerning and choosing such a vocational path ... a highly readable text (that) invites readers to...

Presidential Race & Matters of Faith

Posted: Sep 30, 2016

Dr. Lee Barrett, Lancaster Seminary Professor of Systematic Theology, explores how faith and politics interact in the lives of presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, in...

Sex & Religion: Q&A with Dr. Darryl Stephens

Posted: Sep 29, 2016

The Religious Institute's newsletter, Sexuality: From the Seminary to the Sanctuary, interviews Rev. Dr. Darryl W. Stephens, Lancaster Seminary Director of United Methodist Studies, author...

New Trustees

Posted: Sep 09, 2016

Lancaster residents Shayna J. Watson, MDiv '12, and Carol T. Pyfer are the newest members of the Seminary's Board of Trustees. Watson (pictured) will serve a three-year term, Pyfer will...

Refugee Crisis - Topic of US-German Pastoral Colloquy

Posted: Aug 29, 2016

Lancaster Seminary hosted "People of God on the Move," a weeklong Pastoral Colloquy between German pastors and the Penn Central Conference of the UCC. Click here for LNP news article.


Stephanie Crumpton Awarded Baldwin Fellowship

Posted: Aug 25, 2016

Rev. Dr. Stephanie Crumpton, Lancaster Seminary assistant professor of Practical Theology, has received a $5,000 fellowship award from the Baldwin Fellowship Program of the Lancaster County...

Monica Dawkins-Smith Elected Penn Central Conference Minister

Posted: Aug 19, 2016

Lancaster Seminary Trustee and Alumna Rev. Dr. Monica Dawkins-Smith, '07/'16, was elected conference minister of the UCC Penn Central Conference on Aug. 20, 2016. Based in Harrisburg, the...

Carolyne Call to Lead Development & Communication

Posted: Aug 19, 2016

Rev. Dr. Carolyne M. Call of Granger, Indiana, will lead development and communication in Lancaster Seminary's Office of Advancement. She will be responsible for all fundraising efforts and...

Major Work on Minor Prophet

Posted: Jul 29, 2016

Dr. Julia M. O'Brien, Lancaster Seminary Professor of Old Testament, is in the spotlight, featured in news article about her latest book that interprets the Book of Micah from a feminist...

Sara Miles: Taking the Bread

Posted: Jun 22, 2016

Join us July 20 for an afternoon with author and activist Sara Miles (Take This Bread) who turned her passion for food into a sacred mission, establishing food pantries and providing...

Dean Mellott: We celebrate the sacred worth of all people

Posted: Jun 13, 2016

Statement after the Orlando massacre: "Lancaster Theological Seminary condemns the act of terrorism that left so many GLBT people and our allies dead or wounded in Orlando. We pray for the...

VIDEO: 191st Commencement Address

Posted: May 23, 2016

Dr. Tony Campolo: The Church for the 21st Century

Alumnae Honored for Ministry

Posted: May 19, 2016

Rev. Dr. Lavette Paige and Rev. Sandra Strauss received the highest honors Lancaster Seminary confers on its graduates during the graduate school of theology's May Alumni/ae Day 2016.


President Lytch: Future of Theological Education

Posted: May 18, 2016

At an "historic event" during reunion weekend at Princeton Seminary, Lancaster Seminary President Carol Lytch joined 7 other worldwide leaders in seminary education, all Princeton Seminary...

VIDEO: Dr. Tony Campolo - Living Out Matthew 25:40

Posted: May 18, 2016

191st Commencement

Posted: Apr 28, 2016

Lancaster Theological Seminary will hold the 191st Commencement on Saturday, May 14, 2016, awarding 26 advanced academic degrees, two Certificates in Youth & Young Adult Ministry, and one...

Economic Injustice from a Faith Perspective

Posted: Apr 28, 2016

A Spirit of Abundance in Tough Times: Living Out Matthew 25:40. Free, public event May 13 at 7pm at Bright Side Baptist Church, 515 Hershey Ave., Lancaster, featuring renowned preacher and...

Tony Campolo - Commencement Speaker

Posted: Apr 28, 2016

Founder of the Red Letter Christian movement and the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education, noted author, media commentator and professor, the Rev. Anthony Campolo, Ph.D.,...

Spiritual dimensions of anti-racism work

Posted: Mar 22, 2016

Lancaster Seminary faculty will participate in "soul work," exploring the spiritual dimensions of anti-racism work in a retreat this spring funded in part by a grant from the Wabash Center...

Mentoring Women of Color in Ministry

Posted: Mar 18, 2016

Dr. Renita Weems: "Mentorship is a key component to empower (women of color) and to help protect the church and the community from losing the voice, the presence, the visibility and the...

Feature: Jeremy Graeff’s Journey to Seminary

Posted: Feb 26, 2016

The journey to seminary and vocation is often circuitous and sometimes unexpected, as Lancaster Seminary MDiv student Jeremy Graeff describes in an article in the Lancaster newspaper.


Job Opening: Development Director

Posted: Feb 23, 2016

Lancaster Seminary is recruiting for a full-time, exempt professional position in our Advancement Office. Please check out the job descriptions on our Employment Opportunities page. The...

Dr Renita Weems Lecture

Posted: Feb 18, 2016

March 11 at 1:00 pm, nationally recognized Biblical scholar, author, and minister Dr. Renita J. Weems presents a free, public lecture in Lancaster Seminary's Santee Chapel. Dr. Weems, ...

Feminist Insights into “Micah”

Posted: Feb 18, 2016

In this video, Professor of Hebrew Bible / Old Testament Julia M. O'Brien talks about Micah, her latest book, with Hannah Bingman, library circulation manager. Micah, O'Brien's fifth book,...

Video: Was Paul Happy?

Posted: Feb 02, 2016

MLK talk: “to move people forward”

Posted: Jan 16, 2016

Lancaster Newspaper's Faith & Valued editor Earle Cornelius previews the MLK worship service talk by Lancaster Seminary Assistant Prof. Rev. Dr. Stephanie Crumpton here.

Welcoming the Sojourner

Posted: Jan 09, 2016

Lancaster Newspaper covered our Teen Justice Summit: Welcoming the Sojourner.

Read more here

Why do people cheat?

Posted: Jan 06, 2016

The Christian Century reports that the blog post Why do people cheat? by Lancaster Seminary New Testament Professor Greg Carey is among the Top 10 most read Century Blog posts of 2015. In...

Video: Medieval Modern: Church Architecture for the Present

Posted: Dec 14, 2015

Interfaith Vigil in support of Muslim Community

Posted: Dec 11, 2015

Lancaster Theological Seminary supports and encourages participation in the Interfaith Vigil to be held Thursday, Dec. 17 from 6-7 p.m. at Penn Square. The Interfaith Vigil will show support...

Micah by Julia M O’Brien

Posted: Nov 18, 2015

We are delighted to announce that Lancaster Seminary Professor Julia M. O'Brien's newest book, Micah, is now available as part of the Wisdom Commentary Series published by Michael Glazier....

We’re a “Sexually Healthy & Responsible” Seminary

Posted: Nov 09, 2015

Lancaster Theological Seminary is named one of 31 "sexually healthy and responsible seminaries" in the United States by the Religious Institute. Read more here.

Five New Trustees, 1 Emerita Installed

Posted: Nov 02, 2015

Lancaster Theological Seminary Board of Trustees installed five new trustees at its October meeting, bringing the number of trustees to 22. The Board also honored former trustee Sadie High...

Video: The Politics of Public Space

Posted: Oct 09, 2015

Beyond the Headlines: Fall Leadership Letter

Posted: Oct 08, 2015

Professor Soto to Lecture in Bogota

Posted: Sep 18, 2015

Professor of Practice Dr. Elizabeth Soto heads to Bogota, Colombia, to lecture on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Mennonite seminary there, Seminario Bíblico Menonita de...

Rethink Everything

Posted: Sep 15, 2015

Watch Lancaster Seminary Dean Dr. David Mellott's provocative and insightful convocation address.

In Memoriam - Rev. Dr. Robert Webber

Posted: Sep 07, 2015

The Lancaster Seminary community mourns the death Sept. 5 of retired Professor of New Testament, the Reverend Dr. Robert Duff Webber, 79, who died after a 15-year-long illness with ALS. For...

Discover Seminary

Posted: Aug 04, 2015

Early fall is a glorious time on our historic campus. It's a great time to visit and learn if a seminary education is right for you.

Our September Discover Days event is held over two days...

“The right to marry is for all Americans”

Posted: Jun 26, 2015

Seminary Dean Dr. David Mellott rejoices in today's landmark Supreme Court ruling: "My husband, Rev. Lance Mullins, and I believe that all Americans have something to celebrate today! The...

“White Americans Need to Wake Up”

Posted: Jun 18, 2015

Lancaster Seminary Dean Dr. David Mellott, vice president for Academic Affairs, on the Charleston shootings: "White Americans need to wake up. Whatever we are doing or think we are doing to...

Meck & Moss Awards Presented for Distinguished Ministry

Posted: May 15, 2015

President Carol Lytch conferred Seminary honors to four Lancaster Seminary graduates during Alumni/ae Day ceremonies May 15.

Recipients of the Robert V. Moss Award for distinguished service...

190th Commencement

Posted: May 12, 2015

On Saturday, May 16, 17 advanced academic degrees were awarded along with 3 Certificates in Youth and Young Adult Ministry, and 1 Certificate in Lay Leadership. Among the Class of 2015, 11...

Huge Book Sale May 18-20

Posted: May 07, 2015

We're teaming with the Evangelical & Reformed Historical Society for our annual Book Sale, which this year will be held during three days because of the large number of books available. Well...

Alumni/ae Day May 15

Posted: May 06, 2015

A warm welcome back to our alumni and alumnae! Here is the day's schedule:

  9:00 a.m.   Coffee reception in Refectory

10:30 a.m.   Worship in Santee Chapel
                    Sermon by...

Bold New MDiv Debuts

Posted: Apr 07, 2015

Aug. 7 we will welcome the first class of seminarians enrolled in a bold, new Master of Divinity program designed to address the contemporary needs of the church and the realities of...

Video: Freedom Fighters Remember

Posted: Mar 23, 2015

March 19 we gathered to hear from members of our community who fought for equality and justice in America. Watch the video here. Read the newspaper article by Earle Cornelius. Photo: Dan...

Now Online: Dr. Stephanie Crumpton’s Lecture LAUGH, DANCE, CRY

Posted: Mar 02, 2015

Click here.

Prof. O’Brien Featured

Posted: Jan 09, 2015

Newspaper profile focuses on the just published Oxford Encyclopedia of Bible and Gender Studies, which she edited.

Now Online: Dr. J. Kameron Carter’s lecture - Bonhoeffer’s (Failed) Blackness

Posted: Dec 08, 2014

Watch it here.

Historic Bell Peals For Advent

Posted: Dec 01, 2014

Our 121-year-old bell will peal daily at noon during Advent, through Dec. 24, calling the community to prayer.

The bell has been mostly silent for decades except for an infrequent...

Extraordinary Results

Posted: Nov 24, 2014

Heartfelt and prayerful thanks go out to everyone who generously donated to Seminary scholarships during the Extraordinary Give on Nov. 21.
The results are awesome. Of the more than 300...

Watch Dr. Jacobsen’s Lecture

Posted: Nov 14, 2014

Dr. Douglas "Jake" Jacobsen's Nov. 10 talk, "The Newly FLAT World of Global Christianity," is now online. The dynamics of the world Christian movement have changed.  Europe and North America...