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About Concordia Seminary


Abiding in Christ and His Word, Concordia Seminary will be a world leader in confessional Lutheran ministerial formation, scholarship and theological resources.


Concordia Seminary serves church and world by providing theological education and leadership centered in the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ for the formation of pastors, missionaries, deaconesses, scholars and leaders in the name of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.

Strategic Plan

Concordia Seminary’s strategic plan reflects upon, articulates and rededicates our identity, mission and vision for continued growth and success in serving our students, donors and alumni; the congregations of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod and our partners worldwide.

Campus Plan

By reinvesting in the central core of the campus, the Campus Plan stewards the Seminary’s resources, embodies a commitment to campus community, and sets a course for continued strength and stability for years to come.

Enrollment Strategies

The Enrollment Strategies and Initiatives address Concordia Seminary’s ongoing commitment to recruit qualified ministry candidates and leaders in sufficient quantity to meet the demands of the church in today’s world.

Our History

Concordia Seminary was founded in 1839 in Perry County, Mo., by a group of emigrants from Germany. In 1849, the preparatory division and the school of theology of the young institution moved to St. Louis and relocated to South Jefferson Avenue and Winnebago Street. The preparatory division moved to Fort Wayne, Ind., in 1861. In 1926, the campus moved to its current 72-acre site in suburban Clayton.


A group of German immigrants built a small log cabin and founded Concordia Seminary (originally known as “The Log Cabin College”) in Altenburg, Mo., part of Perry County.


The community of Altenburg generously agreed to give its school to The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, which moved the Seminary to a building on South Jefferson Avenue in St. Louis.


To accommodate its growing student population, the Seminary replaced the original South Jefferson Avenue building with a large Gothic structure complete with 136-foot-high steeple, a library, dormitories and a gymnasium.


Concordia Seminary’s campus moved to its current 72-acre site in suburban Clayton, Mo. Nearly 75,000 people attended the dedication ceremony.


Concordia Seminary enrollment reached an all-time high. New building projects throughout the 1950s and 1960s resulted in new structures designed in the “ultra plain” architecture of the day.


Construction was completed on Luther Tower, which rises 120 feet over Walther Arch. The 49-bell carillon was installed in 1970.


The Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus was dedicated with more than 1,700 guests in attendance.


Faculty and staff continue to build on the rich heritage of the Seminary’s storied history, and are committed to providing sound theological education and vibrant leadership development to future generations of church workers.

Concordia Seminary By The Numbers


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