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Psalm 122
I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord!”
Our feet are standing within your gates, O Jerusalem.
Jerusalem—built as a city that is bound firmly together.
To it the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord, as was decreed for Israel, to give thanks to the name of the Lord.
For there the thrones for judgment were set up, the thrones of the house of David.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May they prosper who love you.
Peace be within your walls, and security within your towers.”
For the sake of my relatives and friends I will say, “Peace be within you.”
For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek your good.

Advent greetings from the Admissions Office!  

The psalmist in the text above is most likely returning home from a trip to the temple in Jerusalem, and he or she is giving thanks for the blessing of being in this holy place. Today many of us are returning home from our own holiday journeys too. Perhaps our Thanksgiving celebrations were not as worshipful as being in the temple in Jerusalem, but we pray you each had a time of heartfelt fellowship and gave thanks to God for each other gathered around the table. During this festival period, we are fed and nourished spiritually and physically, and I like to think that this nourishment helps us on the next journey towards the birth of Christ, the one who ultimately will feed and nourish us spiritually through his body and blood. May we be blessed in all our journeys as we anticipate the coming of our Lord. And, of course, we pray that your journeys might cross paths with ours in the near future! 

Trinity Forms Leaders.    

Laura Book
Director of Admissions

  • The M.Div. program at Trinity is not only focused on academics, but on preparing good pastors. I also appreciate the seminary's intentional commitment to building and achieving a strong community. I feel the Trinity community supports me and challenges me to grow and learn in exciting and significant ways.

    Megan Elliott Master of Divinity (M.Div.) Westerville, Ohio

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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