John Largen Appointed Interim Director of Contextual Formation

The Rev. Dr. John Largen will serve as for United Lutheran Seminary beginning August 1, 2017. In this one-year, half-time, interim appointment he will work closely with the Rev. Dr. Charles Leonard, Director of Field Formation, as well as other faculty and staff members supporting contextual and field education.

Reporting to United Lutheran Seminary Co-Dean Jayakiran Sebastian, Dr. Largen will have major responsibilities for internship placements, student assessment, Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) evaluation, and the facilitation of good communication between the Seminary, supervisors, field education sites, and students.

Dr. Largen previously served many years at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, South Carolina as the Pastor to the Seminary Community for Spiritual Formation. He has parish experience in Virginia and Pennsylvania, and he served as a longtime member of the ELCA Virginia Synod Candidacy Committee. He has also been an internship and field work supervisor for Gettysburg Seminary. He is a graduate of Newberry College, Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, and the Graduate Theological Foundation of South Bend, Indiana. Most recently, Dr. Largen was Chaplain for the Transition at Gettysburg Seminary and he taught the semester-long Spiritual Formation course at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia.

Fourth Annual Craft Beer Brew Fest on Gettysburg’s Seminary Ridge 

United Lutheran Seminary To Hosts Popular Event


Fourth annual event will feature a greater variety of local, regional and national craft brews and hard ciders— plus a truly unique Gettysburg experience!

GETTYSBURG, PA (July 25, 2017) – Tickets are still on sale for the fourth annual Gettysburg Brew Fest on historic Seminary Ridge in Gettysburg Saturday August 19th.  The event takes place from 3:30pm to 7pm.

The United Lutheran Seminary, Gettysburg campus is preparing its historic grounds for the event that features an expanded array of 50 craft brewers and cideries, with multiple food vendors in a stunningly scenic and historical open field.

General Admission tickets are still available and on-sale now through the event’s website ( for $45 each and will be limited to 2,000 attendees to ensure a great experience will be had by all who attend. Another sell-out is anticipated. Designated drivers can share in the experience for just $20 each. All ticketed guests will receive a commemorative pint sampling glass. The Brew Fest, hosted by the historic seminary, is a key fundraiser for the historic preservation of the 185-year old campus. VIP tickets are sold out.


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Craft Brew Fest on Seminary Ridge

“The Brew Fest further features one of the finest views and historic landscapes of the Battlefield in Gettysburg,” said seminary staff member John Spangler, “and opens this place to visitors who may not otherwise travel to the area as a result of interest in our history alone. Moreover, it showcases the Seminary’s view rich campus and Seminary Ridge Museum experience to residents and visitors who otherwise may not have access to this area of the first day of the battle,” he added

In the midst of the First Day Battlefield, with spectacular views of the Gettysburg National Military Park, and scenic South Mountains and set against the backdrop of the iconic building housing the Seminary Ridge Museum— the event offers attendees a unique setting that cannot be replicated elsewhere.

“The sold out 2014 – 2016 Gettysburg Brew Fests proved its popularity, attracting more than 2000 ticketed guests from dozens of U.S. states and Canada,” stated Curt Foreman, president and CEO of Brewfest Partners, co-producer of the event. Foreman added, “As testament to our already loyal following, we nearly doubled the available VIP tickets to 225 and sold them out in less than three days. The successful Gettysburg Firkin Fests, next one in November, certainly helped reinforce the type of quality events the Seminary hosts.”

In 2014, Gettysburg Seminary partnered with Foreman’s BrewFest Partners, based in Racine, Wisconsin. BrewFest Partners brings over 25 years of festival management experience, including executing 13 successful brew festivals in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Florida—and more.

For more information about the Gettysburg Brew Fest, visit

ABOUT THE United Lutheran Seminary: Formerly known as the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, United Lutheran Seminary is a leading graduate and professional theological school of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, on campuses in Gettysburg and Philadelphia, preparing outreach oriented pastors, mission leaders and public theologians for the 21st century church and world. Uniquely located at the historic crossroads of Seminary Ridge in Gettysburg, and Northwest Philadelphia, Pennsylvania its graduates go on to serve dynamic ministries in churches, social ministry and other public service settings around the world.

Excitement Builds as United Lutheran Seminary Prepares to Welcome more than 60 New Students

Also Welcomes Admissions Staff Member, the Rev. Rebecca Erhlich

July 20, 2017 —  A newly configured United Lutheran Seminary staff and faculty is preparing to welcome more than 60 new students for the fall semester in the first professional degree areas, including preparation for pastoral ministry (Master of Divinity degree) and diaconal and other service areas (Master of Arts in Ministerial Leadership).  The semester begins in late August, 2017, with shorter intensive format courses starting earlier in August and student orientation on August 26th.

The transitional year from the consolidation of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia and Gettysburg Seminary will include a strong majority of full time students distributed across the two historic campuses. Leading the admissions effort were Director of Admissions Nate Preisinger and the former Director for Admissions at Gettysburg Lauren Muratore. Muratore has since taken a call to parish ministry at Christ Lutheran Church, and Salem Lutheran Church, both in Baltimore, MD.

United Lutheran is also welcoming the Rev. Rebecca “Becca” Ehrlich as the Associate Director of Admissions based at the Gettysburg campus of ULS on August 1st, 2017. Her admissions work includes contacting prospective students, arranging and leading campus visits and prospective student days, and planning and leading discernment events.  Ehrlich grew up just north of Albany, NY in an interfaith household. She attended Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA for her undergraduate degree, and double-majored in Dance and Dramatic Arts Criticism. She then attended LaSalle University in Philadelphia, earning an M.A. in Theology and Ministry in 2007.  She began discerning a call to ordained ministry while at LaSalle, and entered the M.Div. degree program at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, graduating in 2011.

Ehrlich has been working in ministry over the last 13 years, doing mostly children, youth, and young adult/campus ministry work. She served in her first call as solo pastor at Zion Lutheran Church in Frewsburg, NY and then served as one of the pastors at Zion Lutheran Church in Clarence Center, NY.



Carlsons Accept New Call in Kearney, Neb.

United Lutheran Seminary announces that the Rev. Dr. Richard Carlson and the Rev. Dr. Michelle Carlson have received and accepted calls to serve as co-pastors of First Lutheran Church in Kearney, NE.

Richard Carlson, who was named to the inaugural faculty of United Lutheran Seminary, has taught New Testament and administered contextual education and post internship candidacy at Gettysburg Seminary since 1990, and for more than a decade as the Glatfelter Professor of Biblical Studies. He served in parishes in north Minnesota from 1983 to 1990, after receiving degrees from Concordia College (BA), Wartburg Seminary (MDiv.), and Union Theological Seminary in Virginia (Ph.D). Michelle Carlson, has served as pastor of Mt. Zion Haugh’s Lutheran Church in Keymar, MD since 2008. As an adjunct or visiting professor, she has taught at Gettysburg Seminary, Lancaster Seminary, Wesley Seminary and Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary (Garrett Seminary). She received her MDiv degree from Gettysburg in 2001 and PhD. In congregational studies from Garrett Seminary in Evanston, IL, in 2009. She has taught Christian education and directed Lifelong Learning for Gettysburg Seminary in recent years.

“For over a quarter century Prof. Rick Carlson has “opened the Scriptures” for seminarians and so many others throughout the church,” said the Rev. Dr. Kristin Largen, Co-Dean of United Lutheran Seminary. “He has also played a key role in Gettysburg Seminary’s outstanding contextual education and leadership formation programs. During the past decade Dr. Michelle Carlson has shared her wisdom teaching Christian education courses and directing Gettysburg’s lifelong learning programs for several years. And, Largen concluded, “both have been valuable colleagues to fellow members of the faculty.”

The Rev. Dr. Theresa F. Latini, President of United Lutheran Seminary, summed up the response of a grateful seminary community, saying “we express our profound gratitude to both Rick and Michelle Carlson for their outstanding contributions to seminary life and learning.” She continued, “That they now embrace co-pastoring a parish is but further evidence of their commitment to respond to God’s call and serve among the faithful in the ELCA’s Nebraska Synod.”

This call to serve as co-pastors will represent the first time that the two have worked directly together as ordained leaders in a church setting. The Carlsons are expected to begin their ministry at First Lutheran Church in Kearney this coming August 1st.