Christ School of Theology is the graduate school and seminary of ILT. The school is currently an Associate Member of The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS) and is working to be fully accredited by them.

Christ School of Theology

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The Christ School of Theology offers the following programs. For more information, read through the descriptions below and click “Learn More”.


Doctor of Philosophy Program
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The purpose of the Ph.D. program is to produce teacher-scholars for the church and the academy who can educate persons for Christian ministry and lives of Christian service, and who themselves will teach and write within the academy generally and the wider public. The teacher-scholars for the church and academy will be equipped to do the theological work necessary to support the church’s witness to Christ and to be responsible and credible participants in vital conversations beyond the boundaries of the church, including college or university settings and various interdisciplinary forums (e.g. learned societies, agencies of church bodies, etc.).

Doctor of Ministry Program
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The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) program focuses on reaching the unreached in a secular age from a specifically Lutheran perspective. Students are pastors with at least three years of continuous experience who want to deepen their perspectives and hone their strategies for the Church’s apologetic, evangelistic, and catechetical tasks. The program requires 30 credit hours of work, including two independent projects and a final project or thesis.


Master of Ministry Program
The Master of Ministry Program offers students an alternative way to ministry than the Master of Divinity Program. Students will learn the basics of ministry practice as well as a concentration in an area of service of their choice.

The Master of Ministry Program consists of three degrees:
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Master of Divinity Program
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The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree program prepares students for the office of public ministry of Word and Sacrament in the church of Jesus Christ. It requires 90 course credits, equivalent to three years of full-time coursework. In addition, students in the (M.Div.) must complete the equivalent of a one-year full-time internship.

Master of Arts Program
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The Master of Arts program provides a broad-based, foundational course of study for college graduates who want to pursue graduate level studies in theology but are not preparing for ordained ministry. The M.A. program prepares students for more advanced study in a theological discipline, as well as provides a broad-based exposure to theological studies for persons in other fields. The M.A. requires a total of 33 credits and can be completed in about one and a half years of full-time study or else extended over a longer period.

Master of Sacred Theology Program
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The Master of Sacred Theology degree program is a research degree for students holding the M.Div. or an M.A. in Theology or equivalent degree who want to delve deeper into a particular area of theological study. The program requires 30 hours of coursework, including a thesis. The program is very flexible, allowing students to design a course of study aligned with their own research interests.

Learn from some of the finest theologians in the country.

Robert Benne, Ph.D.

Robert Benne, Ph.D.

B.A. Midland University (1959)

M.A. University of Chicago Divinity School (1963)

Ph.D. University of Chicago Divinity School (1970)

Professor of Theological Ethics

Rev. Dennis Bielfeldt, Ph.D.

Dennis Bielfeldt, Ph.D.

B.S. South Dakota State University (1977)

M.A. University of Iowa (1984)

Ph.D. University of Iowa (1987)

Professor of Philosophical Theology

Rev. Mark Hillmer, Ph.D.

Mark Hillmer, Ph.D.

B.A. Northwestern College (1957)

M.Div. Concordia Theological Seminary (1962)

M.A. University of Wisconsin (1963)

Ph.D. Hebrew Union College (1966)

Professor of Biblical Theology

Jack Kilcrease, Ph.D.

Jack Kilcrease, Ph.D.

B.A. Luther College (2001)

M.A. Luther Seminary (2003)

Ph.D. Marquette University (2009)

Associate Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology

Rev. Eddie Kwok, Ph.D.

Eddie Kwok, Ph.D.

​B.Sc. University of Singapore (1980)

Ph.D. London School of Theology (2004)

M.Div. Regent College, Vancouver (1986)

Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology

Rev. Dan Lioy, Ph.D.

Dan Lioy, Ph.D.

B.S. University of Southern California (1981)

M.Th. Dallas Theological Seminary (1988)

Ph.D. North-West University – Potchefstroom (2002)

Professor of Biblical Theology

Rev. David Patterson

David Patterson

B.A. Lutheran Bible Institute of Seattle (1999)

C.P.S. Trinity Lutheran College (2000)

MLIS University of Washington (2002)

M.R. Institute of Lutheran Theology (2015)

Dean of Library and Research

Rev. Timothy Rynearson

Timothy Rynearson

B.A. Concordia College -Ann Arbor (1981)

M.Div. Concordia Seminary (1985)

S.T.M. Concordia Seminary (1995)

Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology

Rev. Jonathan Sorum, Th.D.

Jonathan Sorum, Th.D.

B.A. University of North Dakota (1976)

M.Div. Luther Seminary (1980)

M.Th. Luther Seminary (1985)

Th.D. Luther Seminary (1994)

Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology

The Christ School of Theology at the Institute of Lutheran Theology is an Associate Member of The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS), but not an Accredited Member with the ATS Commission on Accrediting.

Address: 10 Summit Park Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15275-1110
Telephone: (412) 788-6505

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