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Lutheran Theological Seminary Saskatoon is a degree-granting theological school affiliated with the University of Saskatchewan
University of Saskatchewan
The University of Saskatchewan is a Canadian public research university, founded in 1907, and located on the east side of the South Saskatchewan River in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. An "Act to establish and incorporate a University for the Province of Saskatchewan" was passed by the...

The seminary was originally created to prepare candidates for Lutheran ministry in Western Canada. It is owned by the four synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada is Canada's largest Lutheran denomination, with 152,788 baptized members in 624 congregations, with the second largest, the Lutheran Church–Canada, having 72,116 baptized members...

. LTS provides training for pastors and diaconal ministers; offers Lutheran formation for leaders and laypeople; and advances the study of rural ministry.


In 1913 the Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Manitoba and Other Provinces founded the Lutheran College and Seminary (LCS), which finally settled on 8th Street in Saskatoon in 1915. In 1939 the Norwegian Lutheran Church in America established the Luther Theological Seminary, first on the campus of the Lutheran College and Seminary and then, in 1946, on a separate campus in Saskatoon, on Wiggins Avenue. For almost twenty years, Lutherans in Western Canada maintained two theological schools.

A merger occurred in 1968, joining the two organization into the present Lutheran Theological Seminary Saskatoon, with a faculty of six and a student body of thirty. In 1968 the school moved to its present location on the University of Saskatchewan campus and into close proximity of ESC (The College of Emmanuel and St. Chad) and SAC (St. Andrew's College). Even at this early stage, the training was ecumenical; students registered in one school were free to take classes toward their degrees in the other two schools. In the same year, an arrangement was reached with the Central Pentecostal College, now Horizon College and Seminary. In 1969 LTS, ESC and SAC established a Graduate School of Theology which would later be known as the Graduate Theological Union of Saskatoon. In the late 80s, LTS introduced a non-ordination Master of Theological Studies (MTS) Program and a graduate-level Master of Pastoral Counseling (MPC).

When the ELCIC approved the diaconal ministry roster, the Seminary began to develop a program to address the academic needs of these students. The seminary, in conjunction with the ELCIC’s Committees for Theological Education and Leadership (CTELs) and the national Program Committee for Leadership in Ministry (PCLM), helps coordinate the recruitment and discernment process for candidates for pastoral leadership.


Luther College and Seminary 1911-65

Juergen Goos, 1911–18
Henry W. Harms, 1918–31
Werner Magnus, 1931–1936
Nils Willison, 1937–1949
Earl J. Treusch, 1950–1955
Otto A. Olson, 1955–1958
Walter H.P. Freitag, 1962–65

Luther Theological Seminary, 1939-1965

John R. Lavik, 1939–1953
Olaf K. Storaasli, 1953–1959
George Evenson, 1959–1965
Lutheran Faculty of Theology
Thomas P. Solem, 1965–1966

Lutheran Theological Seminary Saskatoon

William Hordern, 1965–1985
Roger Nostbakken, 1985–1996
Faith E. Rohrbough, 1996–2004
Erwin Buck, 2004–2005
Kevin A. Ogilvie, 2006–present


The Seminary currently offers:
  • Bachelor of Theology (BTh)
  • Master of Divinity (MDiv)
  • Master of Theological Studies (MTS)
  • Master of Sacred Theology (STM)
  • the Lutheran Formation Certificate Program
  • the Diaconal Certificate Program
  • Doctor of Ministry (DMin) in Rural Ministry and Community Development


Luther Residence is adjacent to LTS's building. Located on the U of S campus. Luther Residence is a co-ed facility which houses approximately 9 female and 11 male students. The residence is open to all students of any denomination or college. Luther Residence is located on the University of Saskatchewan campus and offers amenities to tenants including an in-house cafeteria with a meal plan.