The Lutheran Theological Seminary held its 37th Commencement Exercises and Certification of Deaconess & Colloquy Students on May 29, 2018 in Baguio City, Philippines.
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod began work in the Philippines in 1946. The Lutheran Church in the Philippines (LCP) became an LCMS partner/sister church in 1971 and is a member of the International Lutheran Council. As last reported, the Lutheran Church of the Philippines had 23,000 baptized members in 190 congregations and preaching stations and a national staff of 301 pastors, evangelists, lay preachers and teachers. The church operates the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Baguio City, a preschool, six primary schools and a secondary school. In addition, the church is involved in Bible translation work, media work in cooperation with Lutheran Hour Ministries, and social ministry programs involving agricultural programs, medical missions, health education and training programs, literacy programs and water/spring development.