Lutheran Theological Center
ITC also has a growing relationship with the Lutheran Church through the participation of The Lutheran Theological Center in Atlanta (LTCA) on its campus. This seminary began as an enrichment program of Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio, and Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, South Carolina, in 1988. As such, it provided an opportunity for students from both seminaries to come to Atlanta and take courses at the Atlanta seminaries toward the graduation requirements of Trinity and Southern. In 1997, LTCA moved to the Interdenominational Theological Center’s campus to strengthen both the Lutheran Center’s relationship to ITC and the commitment of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) to encourage African-American leadership development in the ELCA.
Even prior to its move to ITC, the program always had a particular emphasis on African Americans and others seeking to serve the Church in the African-American community. Currently, the Lutheran Center, through its relationship to ITC, provides opportunities for students enrolled at any of the eight ELCA seminaries to come to Atlanta and pursue course work towards graduation requirements of their home seminaries in the rich ecumenical context of six other denominations. At LTCA, students participate in the life and mission of ITC by engaging in the activities and offerings of the campus, including chapel, convocations, and lectures and the various opportunities for student fellowship planned by ITC’s Office of Student and Community Life.