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Global Lutheran House of Study

We invite you to join one of United’s emerging Houses of Study. As Houses are developed and sufficient enrollment is reached, we will launch the new House of Study. This is a great opportunity to be a part of something new. Learn more about how United’s developing Houses of Study can equip you for ministry as you learn from an expert in the field.

If you are considering one of United’s Houses of Study, you may be eligible for the new House of Study Scholarship!

The Global Lutheran House of Study is a track to develop, equip, and train lay and pastoral leaders for the Global Lutheran church. The world is ever-changing, and there is a great need to develop the future leaders of our churches with leaders who not only understand the Historical Lutheran faith but see the necessity of revitalization and contextualization based on the church’s heritage, culture, and community. We hope that graduates formed in the Global Lutheran House of Study will be better equipped to serve the churches in our various traditions.

Students in Global Lutheran House of Study will explore:

  • The Lutheran Confessions and faith
  • Lutheran understanding of worship
  • Our rich history in American and Global Church heritage
  • Our rich Lutheran theology and how it has shaped the protestant church

*The establishment and maintenance of Houses of Study at United Theological Seminary are dependent on sufficient enrollment.

Meet Our Directors

The Global Lutheran House of Study is Co-Directed by three Lutheran pastors who represent several Lutheran Church bodies from the American and Global Lutheran Church.

Rev. Dr. Richard Blue Jr. 

Dr. Richard Blue, Jr. is an ordained and rostered pastor with The North American Lutheran Church, Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ, The Lutheran Orthodox Church, and an endorsed pastor of Augsburg Lutheran Churches and the Augustana District of LCMC. He holds undergraduate degrees from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (A.A) and Lincoln Christian University (B.A), a Master of Divinity from United Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry from The Institute of Lutheran Theology with a focus on Lutheran Apologetics and Evangelism.

He is currently the Senior Pastor of Saint James Lutheran Church (LCMC & NALC) and also serves as an adjunct professor in contextual ministries at United Theological Seminary since 2017. He has previously served as senior pastor, church planter/mission developer, associate pastor, family pastor, youth pastor, camp counselor, and church custodian. To reach the lost, he enjoys imparting his knowledge of practical ministry application in a postmodern context. He is married to Rev. Amanda Blue, a pastor in The Lutheran Orthodox Church and graduate of United Theological Seminary; they have two kids.

Rev. Daniel P. Landin

Dan Landin currently serves as the Pastor of St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church in Holland, IN. He has also served parishes in Nebraska, Pennsylvania, and New York. He received his B.A. in Biblical Studies from Roberts Wesleyan University (formerly Roberts Wesleyan College) and his M.Div. from Northeastern Seminary, both in Rochester, NY. He is an ordained priest in the Lutheran Orthodox Church (LOC) and is certified as Active Certified with Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC). He is married to his high school sweetheart, with whom he has three sons.

Rev. Thomas Thorstad, STS

Thomas Thorstad currently serves as the Lead Pastor at First Lutheran Church in Kirkland, IL. He directs the Heart for Mission Laos/Thailand ministry under Awaking Lives for World Missions, a Lutheran Mission Organization. He has served in Global missions and cross-cultural ministry for over a decade of ministry before returning to the USA to serve in the local parish. He has a Master of Divinity from Trinity Christian University, South Korea, focusing on Pastoral Missions, and a Master of Theology in Biblical Studies from Global Theological Seminary, South Korea. He is currently working on his doctorate education in Historical Theology and Pastoral Theology. He is a member of a Lutheran Order, the Society of the Holy Trinity (STS), an Ordained Minister of the North American Lutheran Church (NALC), Certified Clergy of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC), and was initially ordained by United New Testament Church (UNTCI) on June 2008. He is married with three children.

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Master’s Tracks

Starting Fall 2023, Global Lutheran Tracks are available through United’s Master of Divinity; we are working on developing additional tracks and certificate options with United.

Global Lutheran House of Study required courses:

  1. Law & Gospel Preaching
  2. History of the Reformation
  3. The Lutheran Confessions
  4. Leading Worship in the Lutheran Context

Potential Future Electives Courses:

  1. The Theology of the Cross
  2. The Theology of Martin Luther
  3. Global Lutheran Church History
  4. American Lutheran Church History
  5. The Theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Click here to view the area and degree requirements for each degree program.

*The establishment and maintenance of Houses of Study at United Theological Seminary are dependent on sufficient enrollment.

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