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2009 Annual Conference


The 2009 Annual Conference was held in St. Louis, MO. ATLA had 248 registered attendees, which included - 34 first time attendees, 35 new members, 5 international members and more than 100 formal and informal sessions. Over 95% of participants rated the overall conference as excellent or good.

Access the conference program here.


 Local Host Committee


Meet Me in Saint Louis!


Ever since the 1904 Saint Louis World’s Fair, these words have been sung innumerable times beckoning countless visitors to our city. They were even sung in Rome by Saint Louis pilgrims who serenaded Pope John Paul II prior to his 1999 visit to the city. While your local host committee for this year’s Annual ATLA Conference considered cutting its own musical invitation, we thought it wiser instead to assure prospective attendees of a harmonious experience here where the Missouri and Mississippi rivers flow together by planning a well-balanced blend of both work and play.



The vista from the Millennium Hotel, our conference headquarters, dramatically unites Saint Louis’s past and present. Its juxtaposition of the Catholic Old Cathedral (where one of our worship services will take place) together with Saarinen’s soaring contemporary Arch encapsulates the city’s history in a single view. As the very name Saint Louis implies, the site was a frontier of faith for the French explorers who were ultimately succeeded by not only Lewis and Clark but all other pioneers and immigrants in their wake, making the city the veritable “Gateway to the West” that inspired the Arch’s design. Especially prominent among these arrivals was a large contingent of German Lutheran immigrants, the fruits of whose labors conference participants will experience through their day at Concordia Seminary.



From the very moment conference attendees arrive, the benefit of the Metrolink light rail system will help ease travel and exploration throughout the city. Whether wishing to explore on your own or joining one of the many excursions planned from Wednesday through Friday, the diversity of the city will certainly surprise you. While some may want to experience our world-famous botanical gardens, others might prefer an evening baseball game (within walking distance of the hotel). Whatever you choose to do, don’t neglect to ride to the top of the Arch for the breath-taking view.



The members of the local host committee are working tirelessly to make this conference a memorable experience for all of you who will come to “meet us in Saint Louis.” Through all its events, from the sampling of local specialties at the opening reception to the fellowship of the closing banquet, we hope to make all of you feel as “at home” in Saint Louis as we do.

-Local Host Committee, 2009 Conference: Allen Mueller (Eden Theological Seminary) and James C. Pakala (Covenant Theological Seminary), Co-Chairs,  Lyle E. Buettner (Concordia Seminary), Ron Crown (Saint Louis University), Andrew Sopko (Kenrick-Glennon), Eric R. Stancliff  (Concordia Seminary), and Garry Truman (Urshan Graduate School of Theology)


Libraries of the St. Louis Theological Consortium

  • Concordia Seminary Library
  • J. Oliver Buswell, Jr. Library, Convenant Theological Seminary
  • Luhr Library, Eden Theological Seminary
  • Charles L. Souvay Memorial Library, Kenrick-Glennon Seminary
  • Pius XII Memorial Library, Saint Louis University
  • Urshan Gateway Library, Urshan Graduate School of Theology