United Methodist Studies Program

| Requirements | Faculty | Contact | Advisory Board |
| United Methodists and Lutherans share Holy Communion |


LTSP-United Methodist Studies ProgramThe Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) is accredited by the University Senate of The United Methodist Church (UMC) to educate United Methodist students for ordination in the denomination. We provide engaging opportunities for those who are seeking formation, education, and opportunity in both lay and ordained ministry in The United Methodist Church.

Whether beginning your theological education for ordination, earning a Doctor of Ministry, or taking the opportunity to continue your theological study with an excellent faculty in an ecumenical environment, we welcome your interest in the United Methodist Studies Program. We believe LTSP offers excellent opportunities for ministerial and professional formation of candidates for ministry.


UMC has established four focus areas that are meant to sharpen the mission of the church and direct critical aspects of our ministry in collaboration:

  • Developing Principled Christian Leaders
  • Congregational Development
  •  Ministry with the Poor
  • Improving Health Globally

LTSP offers students opportunities to engage all of these foci in your studies, including twenty-first century leadership development, congregational development and redevelopment, urban and congregational ministry with the poor, and coursework abroad with global enrichment groups


The United Methodist ChurchCandidates for deacon or elder shall have completed one-half of the basic graduate theological studies (BGTS) in the areas of Old Testament, New Testament, theology, church history, mission, worship/liturgy, evangelism, and United Methodist doctrine, polity, and history. These courses may be included within or in addition to a seminary degree.
All of these courses are part of the curriculum at LTSP. The specific United Methodist courses are offered on a regular basis to allow students to complete their degree requirements.

Learn more on UMC ordination requirements on the General Board for Higher Education and Ministry website.


Along with the excellent Lutheran and ecumenical faculty, LTSP has several faculty members leading the United Methodist Studies program.


The Rev. Dr. Karyn L. Wiseman

Elder, Kansas East Conference
Assistant Professor of Homiletics; Spiritual Formation Instructor, Director of United Methodist Studies
 The Rev. Dr. Susan Cole

The Rev. Dr. Susan Cole


For more information about United Methodist Studies at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia contact:
The Rev. Dr. Karyn L. Wiseman
Assistant Professor of Homiletics Director of United Methodist Studies
215.248.7326 | kwiseman@Ltsp.edu

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United Methodists and Lutherans share Holy Communion

Bishop Peggy JohnsonAt Wednesday Eucharist on March 24, 2010, Bishop Peggy Johnson, Philadelphia Area of The United Methodist Church, and Bishop Claire Burkat, Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, co-celebrated communion. Bishop Johnson reflected on the occasion on the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference website.

Bishop Johnson is a member of the United Methodist Advisory Board at LTSP.