|Signing the merger agreement between Lenoir-Rhyne University, Hickory, N.C., and Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Columbia, S.C., are Marcus J. Miller (left), Southern president; William B. Trexler, chair of the seminary's board of trustees; Charles M. Snipes, chair of Lenoir-Rhyne's board of trustees; and Wayne B. Powell, university president.|
The first merger of an ELCA seminary and university, it means that Southern will become part of the School of Theology of Lenoir-Rhyne. The seminary will retain its historical identity as well as its campus, where it prepares mostly Lutheran (but also Baptist, Methodist and Episcopal) ministers.
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