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The Pre-Pastoral program at Concordia University, St. Paul equips students for success at a Lutheran seminary, where they receive their formal education for service in Word and Sacrament ministry.  



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The Pre-Seminary program involves taking coursework in Biblical studies, Greek, Hebrew and Christian doctrine. Students in the  program intend to attend seminary to become pastors after they graduate from CSP.The Pre-Seminary program prepares students for a career as a professional minister of the Gospel. You’ll work closely with a pre-pastoral advisor in choosing courses that position you for further study at a Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod seminary or other seminaries. You can choose from a wide variety of liberal arts majors that will help you gain the skills and knowledge necessary for seminary entrance and success.


CSP has been preparing men to be pastors since 1893


Church Work Tuition Guarantee

Concordia University, St. Paul’s church work tuition guarantee ensures eligible students enrolled in church work programs will pay no more than $6,000 in tuition each academic year.

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Rev. Dr. Reed Lessing

Professor of Theology & Ministry, Director of The Center for Biblical Studies

Rev. Dr. Samuel Deressa

Assistant Professor of Theology and the Global South and Fiechtner Chair for Christian Outreach, Director of DCO Program

Rev. Dr. Mark Koschmann

Associate Vice President of Faith and Ministry & Chair of the Department of Theology & Ministry