Gettysburg Seminary

Founded in 1826, Gettysburg Seminary is located in Pennsylvania. Their current president is The Reverend Michael Cooper-White, D.D. Gettysburg joined the SSA in 2012, as a founding partner school.

Mission Statement: Bearing witness at the crossroads of history and hope, the Gettysburg Seminary proclaims Jesus Christ to a restless world by preparing students for faithful discipleship. As we listen to God’s Word in community, the Holy Spirit empowers us to lead in church and world through worship, education, service and encouragement.



“We’ve already undertaken a number of good efforts on our campus. For example, we’re converting two old buildings to geothermal heating and cooling systems. We’ve taken steps to really reduce our trash and increase our recycling. We’ve just installed new water flow control mechanisms campus-wide to dramatically reduce our consumption (of water). We think that joining together with other schools, we’ll learn from the experiences of others and hold one another accountable.” – The Reverend Michael Cooper-White, D.D., President, Gettysburg Seminary

SSA Liaisons:

Rev. Sam Chamelin is the sustainability coordinator at Gettysburg Seminary, where he provides oversight and development of the seminary’s community garden, incorporating it into the larger sustainability efforts of the seminary community.  He is committed to pastoral formation from a uniquely rural context.  He is pastor at Lazarus United Church of Christ in Lineboro, MD, a rural congregation exploring the relationship of faith, rural life, and agriculture for rural faith renewal following the destruction of their church building in Dec. 2013.  He writes around issues of rural life, faith, and agriculture at

Gilson Waldkoenig, Ph.D. (University of Chicago, 1994) is Professor of Church in Society at Gettysburg Seminary, where he has served since 1995. He teaches and studies environmental history of Christianity, ecological ethics, rural ministry and ethnography of religion. He is author of “Means and Scenes of Grace” in Dialog: A Journal of Theology (Winter 2011). Click here to contact Gilson Waldkoenig.

The Rev. John R. Spangler, Jr. serves as Executive Assistant to the President for Communication and Planning for Gettysburg Seminary. As the team leader for the seminary’s planning, assessment and governance support efforts, he has led recent campus development projects to make Gettysburg Seminary a leading green institution. He also serves as president of the Seminary Ridge Historic Preservation Foundation, a subsidiary of the seminary.


Gettysburg Seminary Creation Care Links:

Liaison Gil Waldkoenig publishes, “Ecological Restoration and Scenes of Grace” article in Journal of Lutheran Ethics. Check out the corresponding video with the article.

The Green Page

The Seminary Explores Community Gardening

Gettysburg Seminary Hosts “Environment and Religion in Northern Appalachia” Class in summer 2015

Gettysburg Seminary Completes LEED Certified Project It is the first for a U.S. Lutheran school.

Climate Change and Unbelief Dr. Gilson Waldkoenig shares a creation care sermon.

Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg Offers Creation Care Courses Several courses are offered, including a course on Appalachia and one on interfaith dialogue.

EcoTheology in Northern Appalachia This video describes an immersion course offered at the seminary.

Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg pursues Campus Habitat Project The seminary is in the midst of a project to preserve species of concern on their campus.

Gettysburg Seminary Signs on with Blessed Earth A description of the seminary’s decision to become part of the Seminary Stewardship Alliance.

Rehabilitation of Old Dorm to Become Flagship of Battle Anniversary Gettysburg Seminary is in the midst of rehabilitating an old building on campus, and implementing green components.

Gettysburg Seminary Professor Named GreenFaith Fellow Dr. Gilson Waldkoenig of Gettysburg Seminary received this high honor from GreenFaith. He received special training in creation care studies from the organization.

Giving Up Hunger for Lent and Forever A reflection on the meaning and purpose of Lent as related to world hunger issues.

Spring Convocation: Getting Greener Faithfully Gettysburg’s 2012 convocation focused on creation care and being green.

Blessing of the Animals A sermon for the blessing of the animals, in honor of St. Francis.