God forbid that I should limit the time of acquiring faith to the present life. In the depth of the Divine mercy, there may be an opportunity to win it in the future
Martin Luther, 1522

General Lutheran Institute of Pastoral Ministry​​​
The Rev. Nicole Aimiee Macaluso Collins
The General Lutheran Institute of Pastoral Ministry provides a free program of study to all who wish ordination as a General Lutheran. The full course of study will be required for all who lack any bible college or seminary training. Those with bible college or seminary training will have their course of study tailored to make up for any deficiencies in order to meet the requirements for ordination. 

The courses are taught by qualified faculty who all hold degrees from institutions accredited by agencies recognized by the United States Department of Education. This is not a degree-granting institution. We only offer certificates of completion. 

These courses are not available to the general public, only to those seeking ordination. Applicants must apply for ordination and be approved before allowed to enter the Institute of Pastoral Ministry. Ordination will then be contingent upon meeting all academic qualifications.


Systematic Theology I
    The Triune God, Robert Jensen
    The Works of God, Robert Jensen

Systematic Theology II
      Universalism: The Prevailing Doctrine of the Christian Church for the First 500 Years, J. W. Hanson
      Universalism and the Bible: The Really Good News, Keith DeRose

Pastoral Counseling
      Christian Counseling, Gary Collins
      Psychology of Counseling, Clyde Narramore

Pastoral Theology
      The Lutheran Pastor, George Henry Gerberding
      Elements of Popular Theology, Samuel Simon Schmucker

The Lutheran Confessions
      The Book of Concord
      Justification by Faith— A Matter of Death and Life, Gerhard O. Forde

      Where God Meets Man, Luther’s Down-To-Earth Approach to the Gospel, Gerhard O. Forde

Lutheran History
      Luther: Biography of a Reformer, Frederick Nohl
      A History of Lutheranism, Eric W. Gritsch
      American Lutheranism Vindicated, Samuel Simon Schmucker


The Rev. Dr. James Walter Clifton - - B.S., Delta State University, Cleveland, MS; Th.M. and Ph.D., summa cum laude, Bethany Divinity College and Seminary, Dothan, AL; D.Min., summa cum laude, Andersonville Theological Seminary, Camilla, GA; M.Div., cum laude, Golden State School of Theology, Stockton, CA; M.T.S., summa cum laude, Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, IN; M.S., cum laude, Independence University, Salt Lake City, UT; Certificates of Completion, Independent Luthran Seminary, Klamath Falls, OR, and M.S., cum laude, California Coast University, Santa Ana, CA. Further studies: Augusta University, Augusta, GA; Earlham School of Religion, Richmond, IN; Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, TX; and Morris Pratt Institute, Milwaukee, WI. He is pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church, Goshen, IN and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Paralegal, and Certified Locksmith. He is an ordained minister in the General Lutheran Church currently serving as its General Minister.

The Rev. Nicole Aimiee Macaluso Collins - - Rev. Collins, OSST, is the pastor of First Congregational United Church of Christ, Las Vegas. She previously planted and served in three churches: the Gathering for Christ, the Gathering North (both unaffiliated Lutheran), and the Grace Hub, her own former house church, now dedicated to ministry projects. She recently started a Doctor of Ministry program through the Institute of Lutheran Theology. She is a graduate of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School with dual Masters of Divinity degrees, MAM and MACS. She was awarded two yearly scholarships for church planting and preaching. Her previous career, in the fine arts, included college-level teaching, chapbook press publication, CAAP grants and various art scholarships. Pr. Nicole holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Northern Illinois University and a Bachelors of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is in a religious order of personal piety, the Order of the Most Holy Mary Theotokos (O.S.S.T.). She is an ordained minister in the General Lutheran Church serving as its General Pastor.

The Rev. Dr. Enrique R. Ramos - - Dr. Ramos currently works as an Addictions  Therapist at the V.A. Hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He is a Theologian in Residence with ReformaDos Ministry of the Iglesia del Centro, Arecibo, Puerto Rico, Chaplain in the Naval Reserve having served at Roosevelt Rhoads in Ceiba, Puerto Rico, and a former theology professor at the Inter-American University in San Germán, Puerto Rico. He has an M.Div. from Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, PA, an M.S.W. from the Universidad de Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, an M.Th. from North-West University, South Africa, a Ph.D. from Seminario Campbell Morgan, Argentina, and a Ph.D. from Seminario Mayor Escuela de Teologia y Ciencia de la Religion from Colombia. He is an ordained minister in the General Lutheran Church serving as its International Coordinator and Resident Theologian.

The Rev. Dr. Thomas Schwartz - - Diploma, Liberty Home Bible Institute, Lynchburg, VA.; A.A., magna cum laude, Redlands Community College, El Reno, OK; B.A., cum laude, M.Ed., Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Weatherford, OK; B.Min. (in progress), Berean Bible Institute, Slinger, WI; M.Div., magna cum laude, Phillips Theological Seminary, Tulsa, OK; M.C.P., Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Alva, OK; M.A.B.T.S., Luther Rice Seminary, Lithonia, GA; M.A.A. (in progress), Luther Rice College and Seminary, Lithonia, GA; D.Min., highest honors, American Christian College and Seminary, Oklahoma City, OK. Further studies: Gulf Coast Bible Institute, Ft. Walton Beach, FL; Master's International School of Divinity, Evansville, IN; Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL; Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK.; Patriot Bible University, Del Norte, CO; Southwest Bible College and Seminary, Jennings, LA.; Toronto Baptist Seminary, Toronto, Ont.; Trinity Theological Seminary, Newburgh, IN.; University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK; University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, and St. Anne's College, University of Oxford, Oxford, England   


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