Introducing the Bonhoeffer House

The North American Lutheran Seminary (NALS) is delighted to announce the acquisition of a historic property in Ambridge, PA at the Seminary Center on the campus of Trinity School for Ministry (TSM). The Bonhoeffer House will house NALS students and will be a center for formation for the NALS. This milestone comes as the NALS celebrates its tenth anniversary, marking a decade of growth and commitment to theological education. 

The house features three student apartments and communal spaces designed for prayer, fellowship, and study. The property, originally built in 1827 by the Harmonist community, has been restored to blend its historic charm with modern amenities, creating an ideal environment for theological formation.  

The Bonhoeffer House, named after 20th-century Lutheran pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, will be dedicated to fostering a vibrant academic and formative community, in honor of Bonhoeffer’s vision of “Life Together.” 

The Rev. Dr. Eric M. Riesen highlighted the growing student body at NALS, particularly at the Seminary Center. “We are experiencing unprecedented growth, with more students than ever before. This house will provide our students with a unique opportunity to live out Bonhoeffer’s vision of life together, fostering friendships and spiritual growth in an ecumenical setting,” Pastor Riesen said. 

The purchase of the property is made possible through gifts given to the North American Lutheran Church (NALC) 20/20 Vision Initiative, in which a key element of the vision is raising up pastors and leaders who embody the Core Values of the NALC. Over the summer the NALS will be furnishing the Bonhoeffer House. Please consider investing in this future by making a sacrificial gift earmarked for the Bonhoeffer House through our 20/20 Vision Initiative. 

To support the Bonhoeffer House, please visit

Gifts can be mailed to North American Lutheran Church, PO Box 860565, Minneapolis, MN 55486-0565 USA. The check should be payable to “NALC” with “20/20 Vision – Bonhoeffer House” in the memo line. 

Introducing the Bonhoeffer House

In this weekly video, join Bishop Dan Selbo and President Eric Riesen as they introduce the Bonhoeffer House, a historic property newly acquired by the North American Lutheran Seminary (NALS) in Ambridge, PA. Discover how this restored house will support the formation of future church leaders and enhance the seminary experience. Learn more about this exciting development and find out how you can contribute to its success.