The seminary, formerly based in Otjimbingwe, is now located in the Namibian capital city of Windhoek. Since 1963 it has been a theological training institution for pastors from two Lutheran churches, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Republic of Namibia (ELCRN) and the Lutheran Church in Namibia (ELCIN). However, Paulinum, today, is open to students from other church denominations.
The United Lutheran Theological Seminary—Paulinum is sponsored jointly by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Republic of Namibia and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia It is training men and women for the Office of the ministry of the Church of Jesus Christ.
For the past 40 years until present, ULTS—Paulinum has been a constituent member of the Joint Board for the Diploma in Theology in Southern Africa which is an ecumenical body of 15 theological training institutions. As such, the seminary has been offering a Diploma in Theology which is recognised as an academic qualification by universities in South Africa and theological seminaries in America.
In 2007 ULTS Paulinum got the formal accreditation by the Namibian Qualification Authority as a tertiary academic institution. Satisfactory progress in Paulinum coursework will lead to a Certificate in Theology, Diploma in Theology (DipTh) or Bachelor in Theology (BTh).
The highest level of education is the Bachelor of Theology Degree program followed by the Diploma in Theology. Both fulfil the requirements for ordained ministry in both constituent churches of the seminary.
The Certificate in Theology program makes possible the study of theology and of competent religious ministry and leadership skills. This Certificate does not lead to an ordination. Duration of study is four years for both the Diploma and Bachelor Degree while the Certificate is completed within two years.
Graduation is held after satisfactory completion of the fourth year of study. Ordination takes place once the graduate has been assigned a congregation.
Vision and Mission
The vision of ULTS—Paulinum is to train effective church leaders.
The mission of ULTS—Paulinum is to serve the Evangelical Lutheran Churches in Namibia and other churches, which send their students for theological studies and the Namibian society and context to produce academically and spiritually mature practitioners for ordained ministry and laity. The theological training at ULTS—Paulinum is based on scientific research to get God’s truth deeply entrenched in minds and faith.