Committees & Student Organizations

As part of the Student Body, there are different kinds of student groups including Standing Committees and Associations.  Below is an annotated list of the current organizations on campus and their respective contact persons.

The Environmental Stewardship Committee (ESC)

ESC is a student committee which is working hard to be good stewards of creation through recycling, composting, education and advocacy on campus.  From uprecycling Frito Lay wrappers to using reusable mugs for community coffee hour, slowly we are making progress on our goal to be a green campus.  Although we are not the same as the Green Team, we work together to implement and enforce policies the faculty, students and staff on Green Team creates. Come be a part of something bigger, the second Monday of every month during lunch and learn ways to decrease your carbon footprint personally and corporately.  E-mail or the chair, Dustin Wright (, if you have any questions, comments or concerns.  

John's Island Annual Service Trip

Every year a group of students from The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia goes to John's Island, a low land island outside of Charleston, South Carolina. There we provide our time and talents to improve the housing of Sea Islanders who do not have stable or permanent incomes. Along the way we also have the opportunity to experience Gullah culture.

This is done through the non-profit organization Rural Mission Inc., which organizes our students in helping the community. We supply the materials, tools, and work power to make living conditions safer and livable for the residents of John's Island, SC, and neighboring Island communities. In return, students gain an experience of Christian love and the richness of Gullah culture. 

For the students of LTSP, this trip offers opportunities for togetherness, hard work, reflection, prayer and an expansion of community.  Each year, students return with memories of labor, and the beautiful Creation that is John's Island and its people. But most impressive to the students upon their return to urban Philadelphia is the need that still remains and the possibility of helping again.  Please e-mail Rachel Manke,, for more information.

The Seminarian

is an independent publication of the student body at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. Our vision is to foster community through public conversation and expression, and we operate by the following Core Values: 

  • Be the voice of the student body community of LTSP
  • Provoke thought and communicate conversations on campus
  • Provide equal opportunity to share information and raise questions
  • Articulate ideas among students, faculty, and staff
  • Suggest implications for praxis based on content provided and issues raised 

The Seminarian does not necessarily express the views of the editors, the seminary or any of its representative church bodies. All images are used with permission and all materials property of the author.

Editorial Staff:
Tiffany Chaney, Middler, MDiv program, Editor-in-Chief

For more information and past editions, please visit The Seminarian Web page at

Worship and Community Life (WCL) Committee


  • organizes Matins and Compline weekday prayer services
  • acts as liason between the student body and chapel leadership team
  • seeks to be a place to encourage dialogue for building up spiritual life on campus 

*Community Life*

  • plans monthly campus-wide events
  • coordinates lunchtime prayer and announcement leadership
  • addresses student concerns for the good of the community


  • the more diverse ideas we have...the better!
  • this committee is the place for student concerns and working together to build up this body

For more information, please contact the Worship and Community Life Committee co-chairs:   Colleen Hetrick ( and Jonathan Steiner (