Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary
name = Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary
motto = One Thing Needful
established = 1946
type = Theological seminary
president = Rev. Gaylin R. Schmeling
city = Mankato
state = Minnesota
country = USA
staff = 3 Full-time, 3 Adjunct
colors = blue, white
students = 19
campus = Small town
Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary (BLTS), is the training school for pastors of the
Evangelical Lutheran Synod. Founded in 1946, BLTS was a department of Bethany Lutheran College(BLC), before the two institutions were officially separated in 1974. BLTS is located adjacent to the BLC campus which overlooks the Minnesota River valley in Mankato, Minnesota, a community of about 40,000.
From 1946 through 1974, as a department of the college, the seminary was headed by the "Dean of the Seminary." These deans included
Norman A. Madsonand Milton Otto. In 1974, the seminary was separated from the college and given its own president, thus the office of "Dean of the Seminary" was eliminated. The first president of the newly separated seminary was Theodore A. Aabergwho was forced to resign due to health issues a few years later. Glenn Reichwaldserved as acting president for the 1979-1980 school year until Wilhelm W. Petersenwas installed as the new president. Upon his retirement in 1997 the current president, Gaylin R. Schmeling, was called.
BLTS offers a four-year course of study culminating in the Master of Divinity degree (M.Div.). The curriculum centers on the four basic divisions of theology: Biblical Theology, a study of the Bible in its original languages; Systematic Theology, a study of the doctrines gleaned from the Bible; Historical Theology, the study of the history of the Church in relation to the collected doctrines thereof; and Practical Theology, the study of everyday functions of the pastoral office like preaching, teaching, and counseling.
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