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"Seminex" is the widely used abbreviation for "Concordia Seminary in Exile" (later "Christ Seminary-Seminex"). An institution for the training of Lutheran ministers, Seminex existed from 1974 to 1987. It was formed after a walk-out by dissident faculty and students of Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, an institution of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) and at that time the largest Lutheran seminary in the United States.

Seminex began in February 1974 as a protest against the suspension of the Reverend Dr. John Tietjen as president of Concordia Seminary, and against charges of the teaching of "false doctrine" that were leveled against members of the seminary faculty.

In May 1969, Tietjen had been elected president of Concordia Seminary after sixteen years as a minister in New Jersey and three years heading up the public-relations division of the Lutheran Council of the U.S.A. Only two months later, Jacob Preus -- then the president of the Missouri Synod's other seminary, Concordia Theological Seminary in Springfield, Illinois -- was elected president of the Synod in a surprise upset over incumbent Oliver Harms. Preus's campaign for the LCMS presidency was supp...

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