University of Dubuque

President's Message

The University of Dubuque Theological Seminary currently finds itself at one of the most remarkable periods in its history. Over the last decade, our seminary has been transformed at virtually every level. Newly revised curricula, including our fully accredited Distance M.Div. and Distance Master of Arts in Missional Christianity degrees, new opportunities for lay education, new facilities ranging from a new library, new classrooms, a new recreation and wellness center, and a fine and performing arts facility, as well as many new faculty members have energized all of us who have the privilege of being here on a daily basis. What has not changed, however, is our focused commitment to prepare men and women for lay and ordained ministry. Though our students are prepared to go on to additional graduate work, most of our M.Div. students graduate from Dubuque with a call to serve in pastoral ministry, which is truly distinctive!

Our region has changed as well. This once sleepy community was recently recognized as one of America’s most livable cities. As a midsized urban community, we have all of the opportunities associated with larger metropolitan areas, but without the challenges. We have “rush minutes” rather than “rush hours,” a thriving arts and theater community, and our educational system is ranked as one of the best in the United States.

Ministry and mission in service to Jesus Christ and the revitalization of congregations, large and small, is at the center of who we are as a community of faith, worship, and learning. Though we are a community that is rooted in the great theological traditions of the church, we are continually finding ways to translate those traditions to a new generation of believers.

We look forward to welcoming you to our faith community.


Jeffrey Bullock