Summer Seminary Sampler | Capital University, Columbus Ohio


Summer Sampler

  • Registration is closed for this year's Summer Seminary Sampler

    Next year's dates will be available by the end of July. 

    The Summer Seminary Sampler program will assist high school students (like you) to think about Christian vocation and how you choose to live your faith out in a church or secular occupation. While living on campus, you will experience three basic components of theological education— learning, serving the people of God in various contexts, and further developing spirituality. Questions about the program should be sent to or 614-236-6996. 

  • What is the Sampler?


    What does a typical day look like during the program?
    During the week, you will have a variety of experiences including:

    • Devotions
    • Service Activity
    • Class or Mentor Time
    • Other programming
    • Debriefing/Devotions
    How old do I have to be to participate in Sampler?

    You can apply for Sampler during your freshman, sophomore, junior or senior year of high school. Even if you’ve just graduated high school, you are still eligible for Sampler.

     Sara Story
    Sara's Story


    Sara Cogsil attended the Summer Seminary Sampler program after her high school graduation in 2003. During her three-week stay at Trinity she gained new perspectives on the world and ministry, and was delighted to find like-minded young people who shared her passion to learn and serve Christ’s church. Her call to pastoral ministry solidified as she worked and studied during her three weeks of Sampler, and after college she decided to pursue a seminary education at Trinity Lutheran Seminary. For two summers, Sara gave back to the Sampler program by counseling the 2008 and 2010 Samplarians, and realized she had gifts for working with this particular age group. Sara graduated with her M.Div. in May 2013 and received a call to University Lutheran in East Lansing, Michigan where she serves.

    Where do the Samplarians live?
    Trinity Lutheran Seminary has provided the Summer Seminary Sampler with rooms in student housing. 

    What should I pack?

    • Phone and charger
    • Sheets, blanket, and a pillow (unless you’re flying, then we’ll provide those things for you)
    • Old clothes for working outside
    • Sturdy, closed toed shoes for factories and warehouses (toe-shoes and Toms are not sufficient, but traditional tennis shoes are fine)
    • Sandals or flip flops for casual times
    • Dress clothes for church and formal events (1  dress outfit should be enough)
    • Modest, casual summer clothing for class and mentors (Remember, you are representing your church and Trinity when you are meeting with people around Columbus; please dress appropriately.)
    • Snacks are optional (but we have plenty of food everyday)
    • Swimsuit
    • Towel (may want a washcloth too—again, if you’re flying, we’ll provide this for you)
    • Toiletries
    • Sunscreen
    • Bug Spray
    • Hair Dryer
    • Laundry bag and small box of detergent
    • Watch
    • Notebook
    • Bible and Devotional Materials
    • Stationary
    • Musical Instruments
    • Small amount of money for souvenirs (optional)
    • Participant Handbook (sent to you upon admission to program)

    Can I attend the Summer Seminary Sampler more than one year?
    Yes - if you’ve been a participant after the 2014 summer. Each session has enough variation so Samplarians can apply for a different session each year during high school.


    What is a Samplarian?
    Anyone who has participated in the Summer Seminary Sampler during their high school years. So someone who participated in the June session of Sampler from 1999 is still a Samplarian in our records.

    What if I have special dietary needs?
    We work hard to meet each person’s dietary restrictions. If you do have a strict diet you adhere to for medical reasons, please note this on your paperwork packet so our staff are knowledgeable!

    Is Columbus safe?
    Trinity Lutheran Seminary at Capital University is located near the downtown of Columbus in the neighborhood of Bexley. Campus public safety is located within a block of the seminary and samplarian housing. Public safety works in partnership with the Bexley and city of Columbus police departments. We have a strict policy that Samplarians travel everywhere in pairs with counselor permission. We teach students to be street savvy as we’ll work in a variety of contexts around Columbus. (Trinity Lutheran Seminary is not responsible for any damaged or lost property such as phones, ipods, wallets, etc.)