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About Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
Founded in 1853, Louisville Seminary offers an inclusive and diverse learning community, welcoming students from wide ecumenical backgrounds while maintaining its long, historic commitment to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). Louisville Seminary is committed to building bridges across the world's religious, racial and cultural divides. It is distinguished by its nationally-recognized marriage and family therapy and field education programs, the scholarship and church service among its faculty and a commitment to training women and men to participate in the continuing ministry of Jesus Christ. For more information, call (800) 895-3411 or log onto


 Louisville Seminary's Covenant Tuition Program Now Fully Funded.
Completion of key phase of strategic plan ensures 100% tuition assistance for all master's-level students.


On February 21-22, 2019, the Louisville Seminary Black Church Studies program will present its annual Black Church Studies Consultation. The 2019 consultation will address challenges, resources and other issues that affect rural ministry in the African-American context. It will provide theological training to and establish relationships of trust with rural ministers to help them thrive.

See for details.

Conference Highlights

  • Bi-vocational challenges of rural ministry
  • Lay/pastor relations
  • Race relations that have to be negotiated
  • Full-time ministry with part-time salary
  • Plantation thinking
  • Theological education divide
  • Power analysis
  • Rural relational dynamics


  • General Admission: $25.00
  • Students (with valid ID): $10.00

Meals are included in the registration fees.

Register by February 1, 2019.

Register Here


LOUISVILLE PRESBYTERIAN THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY. There's a particularly chilling moment of clarity in an old spy movie when the person who had been orchestrating the sale of weapons to our country is seen on a train orchestrating the arming of our country's enemies. When confronted later with the evidence, the arms dealer explains that he is simply a businessman looking for new markets. Morality, patriotism, freedom, the rule of law: they are all just words he uses to close a sale. Nothing more. Recently there was for me a more chilling moment of clarity. I was reading the morning headlines. An old idea often touted by weapons dealers and their lobbyists was being articulated by elected officials: "The way to stop school shootings is by arming teachers." Suddenly it hit me. Our country is not locked in a principled argument about core Constitutional values. That's what the weapons dealers want us to believe. Rather, the U.S. Constitution, and precious concepts such as freedom, security, personal safety, and defense against tyranny are all just phrases in the hands of the cynical to close the sale. We as a nation have fallen into the grips of weapons dealers who are pursuing their business plan with a vengeance. They have insinuated themselves into the halls of power by using the oldest political trick in the book: legalized bribery. They are promoted by a sophisticated marketing machine that taps into our worst fears and prejudices, our most pernicious hatreds, and our deepest insecurities. They will not be satisfied until every man, woman and child has purchased their own private arsenal. With the connivance of their political operatives they have created a climate of helplessness and blame in which rational and well-meaning people find themselves making deals with the devil, accepting, as though it is somehow a normal and inevitable fact of nature, that our society will find itself periodically confronted with mass shootings, in addition to the gun violence that plays out routinely on the streets and in the homes of our towns and cities. But we know this situation is neither natural nor inevitable. Nor has it been historically a part of our national story. After every mass shooting, we find ourselves shocked, grieving and feeling helpless, while elected officials tell us that now in the immediate aftermath of a shooting is not the time to discuss sensible gun control. The reality, however, is that we are now always in the aftermath of a mass shooting. Now is the time to find the national will and resolve to solve this problem. The schools which many of our children attend already look like prisons, many with metal detectors, locked doors and perimeter fencing. I find it ludicrous that school officials and parents are blamed by lobbyists and politicians for not providing better security. The alternative to a society in which everyone lives in a continual posture of armed defense and insecurity is clear. And, yet, the merchants of death and their acolytes maintain their relentless sales pitch apparently without concern except for their bottom line. Sadly and too often our elected leaders are financially too beholden to them to represent us. Many politicians, it seems, have only one concern: to win the next election and maintain their grip on power. In the meantime, sensible people, citizens on the left and the right, including the overwhelming majority of sportsmen and gun owners (including myself), want meaningful gun control. The Constitution is not a punchline in a sales pitch to sell guns. The Constitution enshrines the sacred franchise of the voting booth. "We the people" have the power to demand better laws. --Michael Jinkins, President of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary

Our Vision: We Build Bridges. Our Mission: Louisville Seminary educates and forms servant leaders for tomorrow's ministries. We build bridges: Between sacred texts and human lives; between the past and the future; among persons of different faiths, Christian denominations, and cultures; ... all in the name of Jesus Christ, the bridge between God and humanity. WE BUILD BRIDGES: A Mission that Matters Now. We lament and are anxious because we do not want our world to become less generous, less open, less compassionate, less gracious. We do not want our world to participate in disrespect and hatred, cruelty and violence, nor to justify oppression and torture in the name of freedom. We want our world to reflect the grace and love of God revealed in and through our Lord Jesus Christ because we know there is no power greater than God's love, and that every claim to power that struts upon this earth threatening to hurt others is full of vain bluff and bluster. We have reason to fear for the safety and liberty of gays and lesbians, transgender persons and bisexuals. We have reason to fear for Black, Latino/Latina and Asian persons, for Muslims and Buddhists, Sikhs and Jews, indeed for anyone who looks differently, thinks differently or prays differently from the majority. We have reason to fear for the plight of children at the margins, the aged, the poor, the under-insured, the under-educated, the under-employed or unemployed. But we cannot believe that they or we will be well-served by giving in to fear. Instead we are called to do the most courageous thing in the world in this time of division: to love without limits. "Perfect love casts out fear," we are told by the author of First John, the same author who tells us that "God is love," and that it is impossible to love God without also loving others. "Perfect love casts out fear," believed a persecuted Christian community which wrote this letter sometime between the reigns of the Roman Emperors Domitian and Hadrian. How in the world could these Christians have said and believed these things in such a time? Simply because their faith was not placed in the hands of the one who held the imperial scepter, but the One who holds all history. We share this confidence, this faith, and this vision. We build bridges. The bridges we build bring people and societies and faiths together in the Spirit of Christ Jesus. Just how important that vision and mission remains is magnified here at Louisville Seminary every day.


Learn more about Louisville Seminary Admissions.

We are pleased to announce the inauguration of

Rev. Dr. Alton B. Pollard III

as the tenth president of

Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Inauguration events will take place April 22-26, 2019, with the inauguration ceremony itself taking place April 26, 2019.

We hope you will save these dates and join the Louisville Seminary community for this historic event and for worship and discussion on how Louisville Seminary can build bridges and engage the world in the spirit of "Whosoever; A Divine Invitation."

Details will be posted on Louisville Seminary's website as they become available.