By TylerR Feb 11 2019 SeminaryPastoral EducationChristian Century: Until 1565, the local church was also the seminary. 826 reads There is 1 Comment Might come as a surprise... Bert Perry - Mon, 02/11/2019 - 1:24pm ....to Martin Luther, who was ordained a professor of theology at the University of Wittenberg in 1508. Elsewhere in Germany, Heidelberg was their first university (complete with theology instruction) in 1386, and here's a list of other early European universities. There are great reasons to debate where theological instruction ought to occur--university, seminary, church, etc..--but this article does the debate no favors by ignoring a huge factor in theological training. Aspiring to be a stick in the mud.