Founded in 1846, Concordia Theological Seminary is a graduate school institution of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS) whose central purpose is to prepare men for the pastoral ministry as well as men and women for other services in the church. The Seminary’s academic programs offers its students an understanding of the Christian faith that is Christ-centered, Biblically based, confessionally Lutheran and evangelically active. Students are taught by a distinguished faculty who are dedicated to equipping students to serve effectively in an ever-changing world. As a theologically conservative graduate institution, the Seminary emphasizes the study of the Bible and the Book of Concord and only ordains men for the ministry.
Both Concordia Theological Seminary and Concordia Seminary St. Louis are owned and operated by LCMS. Concordia Theological Seminary currently offers Master of Divinity (M.Div.), Master of Arts (M.A.), Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M.), Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.), and Doctor of Philosophy in Missiology.
Rev. Dr. Lawrence R. Rast Jr. is the current president of the Seminary and Professor of American Christianity and American Lutheranism.