Tartu Academy of Theology, or simply TAT, is a Strategic Ministry Partner of East European Missions Network. The Academy is located in the Estonian city of Tartu. TAT was founded in the Autumn of 1992 with the financial support of a group of American pastors who had visited Estonia earlier that year.
TAT worked as an independent Christian college until 2013 when it merged with the Theological Institute of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church (Seminary). It is now a separate department within the Seminary, maintaining the TAT name and identity. As the result of the merger, a single strong Christian college was created to prepare Lutheran pastors, as well as to train Christian lay leaders and specialists to serve as Pastoral Care Givers and Counselors, Christian Youth Workers, Chaplains, Christian Family Therapists, etc.
Additionally, the merger has provided for better stewardship of gifts, as the two institutions now share both professors and administrative costs, resulting in a more fruitful preparation of pastoral students and church workers at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Already we are experiencing exciting results as enrollments increase and successful accreditation has been achieved.
Pastor Eenok Haamer, founder of TAT and a pastor’s son, grew up during the Soviet occupation, where he witnessed firsthand the suffering of the Estonian people at the hands of the Soviet Army. But even as the Soviets hunted Eenok and tried to wipe out Christianity in the nation, he began to have a vision for the future. God showed him that once their fervently prayed-for freedom would return, there would be a great need to educate Estonian men and women so that they would be able to carry on God’s work and clearly communicate the principles of the Bible.
The vision for a new school began to take shape and with initial financial help pledged by 8 pastors from the USA; TAT was founded in the fall of 1992.
Who We Are
What We Do
Why We Are
To build up the Christian Community in Estonia.
To offer Bible-based education.
To value each student’s personal relationship with God.
To train students in applying theological knowledge in practical experience.
An ecumenical theological institute linked with the Estonian Lutheran Seminary, offering Bible-based education from a Lutheran perspective.
We value and encourage each student’s personal relationship with God.
Christians were persecuted and the Church depleted during 50 years of Soviet occupation – there is a great need to educate Estonians to carry on God’s rebuilding work.
God has given us the vision to bring about change in one of the most secular countries in the world – Estonia!
We provide training for pastors, chaplains for prisons, the army, the police, and hospitals, pastoral care givers, counselors, diaconal workers, Christian youth workers, and Church musicians.
We provide both under-graduate and graduate programs.
Located in Eastern Europe
Bordered by Russia on the East
Population of 1.3 million
Area 17,000 sq miles
Only 20% of the population identifies as being "religious"
The largest denomination is Lutheran with 2,2% of the population (29,000 members)
Suffered for 50 years under Soviet occupation during which time Christians were persecuted
Regained independence in 1991
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Pastor Bob Nordvall
TAT representative in U.S.
National Field Coordinator of
East European Missions Network
cell: +1 701-391-0182
Pastor Siimon Haamer
Dean of Tartu Academy of Theology
cell: +372 515-9127