Trinity Lutheran Seminary & Capital University Reunion

capital university, trinity lutheran seminary announce intent to reunite

Announcement from the Presidents Reunion-logo

Driven by an uncompromising commitment to shared mission, Capital University and Trinity Lutheran Seminary announced their intent to reunite, renewing a promise that began 187 years ago. At separate meetings held this month, the boards of Capital and Trinity approved a resolution expressing their mutual commitment to pursue reunion. 

“As presidents, we are aligned in pursuing this reunion for the good of our students, past, present and future, and for the sake of the world. We believe that together, we can best educate and equip change agents with the moral, intellectual and spiritual compass required for meaningful lives, purposeful careers and transformative ministry,” Capital President Beth Paul and Trinity President Rick Barger said in a joint statement.


Q. How does this reunion benefit Capital, and how does it benefit Trinity?

A. A reuniting of Trinity and Capital into one entity holds great promise. The sum total of the transformative power of the two institutions united together is greater than the sum of the two apart. The union will strengthen identity and create distinction. Together we can excel at:
- Mission for the sake of the world – educating and forming a new generation of faith-informed leaders for the emerging world.

- Cutting-edge pedagogy in interdisciplinary degrees offered at undergraduate and graduate levels via multiple modes of delivery to reach more potential students.

- Delivering relevant experiences, events, and speakers on our campuses and across the globe that inspire students to impact the community and our world.

- Forming leaders with an ethic of inclusivity and with ecological passion and commitment.

Q. What does “Reunion” mean?

A. Mission, belief in the potential of a brighter future together, and shared history and vision are driving our commitment to pursue this reunion. It is responsive to and formalizes the collaboration and hope that have existed for decades. It captures the history and spirit of the two institutions. We were one, then two, now one again.
There are various legal mechanisms for effecting this legal reunion and re-integration. We are studying the options and will choose the mechanism that most strongly supports the success of the reunion.