In 2009, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and The United Methodist Church (UMC) entered into a relationship of Full Communion with each other. In this spirit, Claremont School of Theology, a Methodist-affiliated theological school, accepted an invitation to establish the Center for Lutheran Studies at Claremont.

The Center for Lutheran Studies at Claremont, established in 2010, provides Lutheran resources for all students and supports Lutheran students in particular. Courses and events related to Lutheran heritage and theology are also possible. The Center is also strengthening the Lutheran presence at the School and build relationships with local Synod bodies and education institutions (e.g.California Lutheran University and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary).

Location & Availability

The Center for Lutheran Studies is located on the upper floor of the Butler Building. The center will be open:

Wednesdays: 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Thursdays: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.. – “Table Talk” Open House

Students are encouraged to stop by … watch a DVD on Bonhoeffer … discuss Kierkegaard … hear about the fastest growing church in the world, the Lutheran Church in Ethiopia … or just relax “Lutheran style”.

Contact Information

Center for Lutheran Studies at Claremont
Rev. Dr. Thomas Johnson
1325 North College Ave.
Claremont, CA 91711

(909) 802-9549

About the Director

The Rev. Dr. Thomas Johnson
Adjunct Professor at Claremont, and
Pastor, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, (Covina, Calif.).

For the past ten years Dr. Johnson has taught at CST, served on the CST Board of Trustees as well as the President of the Alumni Council. He completed his doctoral studies at CST in 1996. He is the author of three books, his latest Celebrating the Seasons of Baptismal Living and is a consultant/writer for Augsburg Fortress Press.

He is also a member of the Life Long Learning Institute Committee at CST and is working with other denominations and Interfaith groups to provide continuing education opportunities at the school and serves on the Interfaith Working Group for Peace in the Middle East.

His responsibilities will include maintaining the Center and development of resources, serve as liaison between Lutheran Synod bodies/Institutions and CST, recruit and provide guidance/counsel of Lutheran students at CST and provide resources for all CST students.