Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

Located in Chicago, Illinois, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago was founded in 1962. Their current president is Dr. James Nieman. They joined the SSA in 2013.

Mission, Vision and Values:


Forms visionary leaders to bear witness to the good news of Jesus Christ.


Seeks to build up the Body of Christ and work for a world of peace and justice that cares for the whole creation.


The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago is:

Christ-centered – Strives by God’s grace to follow Christ’s call to loving service.

Responsive to context – Embraces its diverse urban setting and exciting academic environment that enable learning from and ministering to the community. Relationships with synods and congregations provide academic and practical experiences that meet the needs of the church.

Attentive to diversity – Emphasizes knowing and honoring the perspectives of all nationalities, ethnicities, cultures, Christian traditions, and religions to form leaders whose witness to the Gospel will build communities of hospitality and reconciliation.

Committed to excellence – Sends leaders into church and world who are prepared academically, practically, and spiritually to serve in a variety of vocational and ministry settings. Faculty members are faithful Christians who are internationally recognized scholars and teachers. Administration and Staff strive to provide exemplary service to all constituents.

SSA Liaisons:

benstewartThe Rev. Dr. Benjamin Stewart, Professor of Worship and Dean of the Chapel at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, has published a number of articles on liturgy and worship. He is especially interested in how the embodied act of worship shapes theology and the Christian life. His dissertation examined baptismal practices at the Easter Vigil for their potential contribution to eco-theology.



richardperryRichard J. Perry, Jr., Ph.D. is professor of Church and Society/Urban Ministry at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.  He is currently a member of the Lutheran Restoring Creation (LRC) committee. His research interests include bioethics, health care, environmental justice concerns, and African American ethics.  He has previously served in the ELCA as a parish pastor, synodical staff person, and director for Black Ministries in the ELCA.


barbararossingThe Rev. Dr. Barbara R. Rossing is professor of New Testament at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, where she has taught since 1994. She loves to teach and preach about the Bible, including the Bible’s role in public life. As a public theologian her media appearances have included “CBS Sixty Minutes” as well as  The History Channel, National Geographic, Living the Questions, and numerous print and radio interviews.


Bob Berridge is the Vice President of Operations at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He has been involved in stewardship of facilities, finance, and human resources at the seminary since 1983. His current emphasis is to upgrade LSTC’s 46 year old heating and air conditioning system for our main campus building in the most sustainable way feasible.

Jim Schaal is the Director of Sustainability at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He serves as Garden Ministry Chair at St. Paul and the Redeemer Episcopal Church.


Jim Schaal, Barbara Rossing, and Ben Stewart on February 20th, 2015

Jim Schaal, Barbara Rossing, and Ben Stewart on February 20th, 2015

Creation Care Links:

A Glimpse into Green Burial Practices with Dr. Ben Stewart of LSTC

Rossing and Schifferdecker Participate in Creation Care Session at AAR & SBL

LSTC begins large-scale energy conservation project

Congregations turn to compost for lessons on life, death and the environment Jim Schaal and Barbara Rossing of LSTC were quoted in this Religion News Service article.

Composting at LSTC

LSTC Professor Links Christian Worship and Care for Creation

Raising our Gardens at LSTC There are new raised garden beds at LSTC!