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Office of Admissions

Leaders for Christ's church at work in the world

“When you get your 'Who am I?' question right, all of your 'What should I do?' questions tend to take care of themselves.– Richard Rohr

Welcome to the Trinity Lutheran Seminary Admissions page. If you have found your way here, we hope it is because you are being called to join us as we work to form leaders for Christ's Church at work in the world.

At Trinity, an audacious idea is nurtured and thrives - the notion that one leader, through the work of the Holy Spirit, can change the world! We are all about forming leaders who are equipped to serve in every imaginable setting and inspired by the One who raised Jesus from the dead and fills us with life-giving creativity.

We hope you will be able to visit our campus! President Rick Barger, our students, admissions staff, faculty, and I look forward to welcoming you.


Sara Bates
Admissions Office Manager 

  • There is a strong sense of community at Trinity. Friendships develop through the time we spend with one another, whether it's studying, worshipping, or just hanging out together. The faculty at Trinity are outstanding. They have a passion for teaching, and are interested in students.

    Ken Staib
    Master of Divinity (M.Div.)

Admissions Staff

Laura Book

Director of Admissions

Teddy Ceasar

Recruiter for Vocation

Sara Bates

Admissions Office Manager

book 100In Laura Book’s office rests a beautiful walking stick. The walking stick represents the journey she has travelled through seminary, and now she continues to walk with others on their discernment paths through ministry, service, and seminary. Her journey began at St. Olaf College where she graduated with a degree in sociology. Later she attended Trinity Lutheran Seminary and earned her Master of Theological Studies in 2007. Laura is rostered in the ELCA as an Associate in Ministry and has worked with both high school students and young adults through Trinity’s Summer Seminary Sampler program. In her new role as Admissions Director, she additionally collaborates with national ELCA partners and other ecumenical organizations.

ceasar 100Pastor Teddy Ceasar ('09) is a native of Columbus, Ohio, has a passion for the development of church leaders, and looks forward to serving both the church and the academy through his work in the Admissions office. He returns to TLS after serving for three years on the pastoral staff at the First Church of God on Refugee Road. Before heading to Trinity, Teddy earned his undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Cincinnati. He combines his passion for youth and sports by coaching high school football in the Columbus Public Schools district. He also scores touchdowns for Trinity’s flag football team.

bates 100Sara serves as the Admissions Office Manager, helping students through the application process. A native of Northwest Ohio, Sara attended Bowling Green State University, where she studied Secondary Education. Sara enjoys the outdoors and crafting, and loves working with students as they walk through their discernment journeys. A passion for music has led her to the Trinity Liturgical Choir.
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