A Community of Faith

Faith development is an integral component of any student's experience at Luther Seminary. Through offerings such as daily chapel, spiritual care groups and musical ensembles, Luther Seminary nurtures a strong faith community.


Daily chapel is the center of community life. Join us in person at 11 a.m. during the academic year in the Chapel of the Incarnation or view chapel online live or when your schedule allows.

Spiritual Care Groups

All students are encouraged to take part in a Spiritual Care Group. These small groups provide a regular opportunity for Christian fellowship centered on Scripture, prayer and mutual conversation around vocation and service. Spiritual Care Groups are open to students in all degree programs and are led by members of the faculty and staff along with Ph.D. students and returning seniors. Contact Seminary Pastor Laura Thelander at sempastor@luthersem.edu o r 651-674-3216 for more information.

Methodist house of studies

Luther Seminary has a strong community of Methodist students as well as two United Methodist Church faculty members—Andy Keck, director of library services; and Alan Padgett, professor of systematic theology. Under Keck's and Padgett's leadership, Luther Seminary is bringing these students together to form a Methodist House of Studies.  It is not a physical space, but a community where Methodists can come together.

As Methodist students work on their theological degrees at Luther Seminary, the House of Studies will give them the opportunity to:

  • Prepare for Methodist ministry: Given the robust seminary curriculum and engagement with local clergy, students can strengthen their own distinct faith identity and understanding of Wesleyan theology to enhance their leadership in Methodist contexts. Find more information about our Graduate Certificate in Methodist Studies here.
  • Get advice: Both Alan Padgett and Andy Keck are serving as mentors and advisers to students. Jill Apple, an admissions counselor, will help with the admissions process.
  • Connect with other Methodists: There are regular, informal meetings with faculty advisers, students and local clergy from the Methodist tradition to build relationships, support and encourage each other, talk about faith matters and connect with others regarding opportunities in area churches.

Questions? Contact Andy Keck at akeck001@luthersem.edu or 651-641-3592.

Seminary Choir

The Luther Seminary Choir participates regularly in the midweek communion service and other occasions. The choir is open to students, faculty, staff, family members and friends of the seminary community. The Choir rehearses Tuesdays from 4:30-6 p.m. and sings in worship on most Wednesdays. All are welcome. The ability to read notated music is helpful but not required.