Founders' Day and Luther Lectures

Every year, PLTS hosts two lectures on campus that deal with topics in contemporary theology. These lectures occur on a Wednesday morning and are concluded by worship and lunch. Lectures and accompanying panel discussions are usually live-streamed for wider distribution; recordings are located here (select the "On Demand" tab and then "Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary" as the category).

Founders' Day Lecture

On St. Matthew's Day, September 21, 1952, a worship service opened the first academic year of Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary. The annual Founders' day lecture occurs the Wednesday closest to St. Matthew's Day and features topics related to Lutheranism's particular challenges on the West Coast.

Speakers and Topics:

Luther Lecture

The Luther Lecture is made possible by the generosity of Mary Carlton Lull and the Lull Family in memory of President Timothy Lull to honor the Lull family connection with the Lutheran Church and with PLTS and to support the annual Luther Lecture and teaching or special lectures in the fields of systematic or historical theology. This lecture normally occurs in the spring semester.


  • 2017: Else Marie Wiberg Pedersen: "Luther and Women" - lecture
  • 2016: Cynthia Moe-Lobeda: "Climate Justice, Hope, and a Lutheran Ethic of Love Incarnate" - lecture | panel discussion
  • 2015: George "Tink" Tinker
  • 2014: Guillermo Hansen: "Money, Community, & Self: Luther's 'Apocalyptic' Insights during Times of Bifurcation" - lecture
  • 2013: Thomas A. Brady, Jr.
  • 2011: Robert D. Hawkins
  • 2010: Kathryn A. Kleinhans
  • 2009: R. Guy Erwin
  • 2008: Jane E. Strohl
  • 2007: Scott H. Hendrix
  • 2006: Jean Bethke Elshtain
  • 2005: Timothy J. Wengert
  • 2004: Niels Henrik Gregerson
  • 2003: Paul Chung
  • 2002: H. George Anderson
  • 2001: Kristen Kvam
  • 2000: Steven Ozment
  • 1999: Wolfhart Pannenberg
  • 1998: John Dillenberger
  • 1997: Heiko A. Oberman