Thursday, May 7, 2015

The Graduating Class of 2015


Degrees will be conferred upon 10 senior students during the 25th Commencement Ceremony of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary on May 22, beginning at 6 p.m. The graduation program will be held at Woodruff Road Presbyterian Church, 2519 Woodruff Rd., Simpsonville, S.C. A reception will follow. The public is invited.

Dr. David W. Hall, senior pastor of Midway Presbyterian Church in Powder Springs, Ga., will deliver the commencement address.

A banquet for the graduates and their families will be held on May 21 at the seminary Student Commons.

Meet the Class of 2015:


Richard C. Crandall III. M.A.

Hometown: Stuart, Fla.
College of Prior Degree: Palm Beach Atlantic University, West Palm Beach Florida
Spouse: Christie

Memories of GPTSThe wise counsel I received while at GPTS is something I will not soon forget. The advice from faculty and staff went beyond academics into so many areas of my life. Though I began my studies at Greenville as a Master of Divinity student with the desire to enter full time ministry, I realized my gifts and abilities were differently suited; and I became more content finishing with a Masters of Arts degree. I appreciate the time those at the school invested in me. My seminary experience changed from going through the motions of a simple academic exercise to approaching my studies of the living God as a personal devotion to the Lord. Particularly, God has been sanctifying me in order to make me more like Christ.

Plans: Christie and I have just moved to Stuart, Florida and are happy to be worshiping in our home church. I am currently working for a yacht management company operating and detailing sport fishing boats and motor yachts.


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John Charles Blevins III, B.Div.

Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.
College of Prior Study: Tusculum College, Appalachian State University
Spouse: Taylor
Children: J.C., Benton, and Walker

Memories of GPTS: I have many wonderful memories of the four years my family and I lived in Greenville while I attended seminary. When I consider these memories the prominent theme that jumps out at me is learning. The last four years have been an extremely busy season of the Lord teaching me many important lessons inside and outside of the classroom. The challenge of being a husband and father during full time seminary studies as well as an employee and pastoral intern has taught me much that I will never forget. God has been very gracious in providing for us in ways that I could never have imagined. My prayer is that my family will never forget that the Lord is a faithful God who cares for His children and in love He disciples us through the challenges and the victories.

Plans: I have accepted a call to Covenant Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Oak Ridge, Tenn., to serve as their associate pastor. My family and I are very excited and humbled that the Lord has been so kind to choose to use me in the gathering and building up of His people at Covenant.


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Lowell A. Ivey, B.Div.

Hometown: Dallas, Tex.
College of Prior Study: Alvin Community College, Redeemer Seminary
Spouse: Mae
Children: Geneva, Titus

Memories of GPTS: I will never regret my decision to study at GPTS. While I am thankful to the Lord for the Seminary's faithfulness to Scripture, its unwavering confessional integrity, its high academic standards, and its emphasis on exegetical preaching, I think I have been most profoundly influenced by the authentic godliness of the men under whom I have learned. Through these men, I have grown both in my love for Jesus Christ and in my desire to serve Him as an ambassador of the kingdom of God. While in some sense I feel less prepared than ever for the work of the ministry, I am far more confident that the Spirit of God will equip and empower whomever He calls.

Plans: Beginning in July, I look forward to serving as a year-long intern at Covenant Community OPC in Taylors, S.C. — the congregation that has lovingly nurtured my family during our Seminary years.


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Thomas B. Van Maanen, B.Div.

Hometown: Woodstock, Ontario
Spouse: Alexandra
Children: Stephen, Ruth, Michael, Aaron (all married). 9 grandchildren

Memories of GPTS: My journey in Seminary education started quite some time ago (8 yrs.) when I took an intensive course on the Reformed Pastor with Pastor Bill Shishko. As one dear brother said: I had dessert  long before I had dinner. Pastor Shishko certainly was instrumental in whetting my appetite for a Seminary education, and thus I began the distance program for my ‘Master of Ministry for Ruling Elders’ degree. In God’s providence, I developed a love for overseas missions and switched to a full B.Div. program after selling our business and moving to Greenville. Although the languages presented a special challenge I was able to finish my courses and am thankful for all the encouragement, fellowship, and education I received at Greenville in preparing me for future endeavors in the ministry of the Gospel, in the church of Jesus Christ. What the Lord has blessed me with here in solid Reformed/Confessional instruction will be never lost. I am deeply indebted to the faculty and staff for their continued commitment to  biblical, Reformed, Seminary training in preparing men for the glorious task of preaching the Gospel to the world.

Plans: I am currently working on plans to be licensed and ordained in the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (ARP Canada) with the focus on laboring in Africa (Malawi in particular) as a foreign missionary, training and teaching pastors and elders there in the Reformed faith.

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Joshua David Cochran, M.Div.

Hometown: Mentor-on-the-Lake, Ohio
College of Prior Degree: Bob Jones Seminary
Spouse: Bethany

Memories of GPTS: No statement provided

Plans: Looking for a call in the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) or Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America


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Kevin Charles Easterday, M.Div.

Hometown: Jacksonville, Fla.
Spouse: Tina
Children: Kamden, Kolton

Memories of GPTS: I began work at the seminary in the fall of 2003 under the mentor program. I was determined to suck the marrow from the bone, and I guess you could say I've been gnawing on it for quite some time. Doing such work at a distance is quite challenging. There are some major drawbacks to distance education, like not being able to speak to the professors in the hall, or find a book in the library, or have great “iron sharpening iron” moments with students. I have had some of those opportunities during intensive courses, and I always left Greenville with a tear in my eye, relishing the brief moments I’ve been able to be in class physically. I immensely appreciate the work being done here, and thank God for all the faculty and staff.

Plans: To shepherd the flock of God; to endure all things for the sake of those who are chosen, so that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus and with it eternal glory; and to press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

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Timothy Michael Marinelli, M.Div.

Hometown: Yorktown, Va.
College of Prior Degree: Old Dominion University
Spouse: Renita
Children: Adiella, Elijah, Isaiah, Joshua

Memories of GPTS: I am grateful to the Lord for the faculty and staff of GPTS as they have labored for the glory of God in the advancement of the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Their labors are not in vain in the Lord!

Plans: It appears that the Lord has provided an opportunity in the Reformed Church in the United States (RCUS) for me to serve as an associate pastor at Redeemer Reformed Church in Minneapolis, Minn.  The work will involve a 5-year plan of planting another Reformed church within the region of Minneapolis, and I would become the pastor of the new church-plant, Lord willing. We are grateful for this opportunity and beg the grace of Christ without whom we could do nothing.


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James Eric McCarthy, M.Div.

Hometown: Jacksonville, Fla.
College of Prior Degree:  Eckerd College
Spouse: Jordan
Children: Two-year-old Ellie, second child due in October

Memories of GPTS: Theodore Roosevelt said, "Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty." GPTS has proven to be not only a trial of faith, but also a heavenly crucible burning white hot with the truth and weight of the Gospel. Though the burden has been heavy, the reward has proven worthy: a deeper appreciation for my dear wife, Jordan, who has been and continues to be my closet friend; two spiritual fathers, Dr. Joseph Pipa and Dr. Rick Phillips, to whom I am lifelong debtor; a truer sense of the gravity of Gospel ministry; the rudimentary skills necessary to be more useful to the church of Christ; an ardent desire to preach for the sanctification of the saved and the salvation of the lost; and a clearer understanding of my dependency upon Christ in all things and his sufficiency to meet every need.

Plans: God has graciously opened a door for Jordan and me to return to Jacksonville where I will minster at Westminster Presbyterian Church. I hope to be ordained as an associate pastor in July.

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Caleb Theodore Nelson, M.Div.

Hometown: Fort Collins, Colo.
College of Prior Degree: Patrick Henry College, Greenville Seminary
Spouse: Will marry Alexandria Myers on May 28

Memories of GPTS: In college, I felt very mature. I didn't waste money eating out, didn't stay up late, and earned a high GPA by spending lots of time on school, lots of time at church, and little time on everything else. Then I came to GPTS, where I was the youngest student for five of my six semesters. Suddenly, I felt like a kid again, and some of my favorite memories are of exploring the woods behind the seminary, wandering around the old mill, walking across the railroad trestle, and going down to the river to pray. I daresay I remain the only student to date who has overcome his fear of fire ants and free-range peacocks enough to take a sylvan nap in those same woods. At GPTS, too, I really learned not only how to commune with God, but that communing with Him is our reward and motivation. Ministry is about knowing Jesus better, letting go of one's dignity and just plain delighting. Working hard is good; playing in the woods is good; but knowing God is everything.

Plans: I am serving a year-long intern at First Church Merrimack (OPC) in Merrimack, N.H. Following our honeymoon, plan to pursue a call in the OPC and have lots of children. 

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Jesse Harrison Pickett, M.Div.

Hometown: Hilliard, Fla.
College of Prior Degree: Trinity Baptist College
Spouse: Kristin
Children: Harrison, Ella-Katherine, and Emalynn

Memories of GPTS: These past four years as a student of Greenville Presbyterian Seminary have been some of the most rewarding of my life. During that time, I have made lifelong friendships, grown in my love for the Word of God, come to appreciate the reformed standards and symbols more deeply, and received training which I trust will be used in service of Christ and His church for years to come. The theological education one receives at this institution is soundly exegetical, rigorously logical, unashamedly confessional, and pastorally practical. I am so grateful for GPTS and look forward to what God has in store for its future. By God's grace, may Greenville Seminary always be a place which builds on an old foundation, trains passionate preachers of the reformed faith, and holds fast the confession of our hope.

Plans: Lord willing, I will continue to serve as pastor of the church that God graciously allowed me to plant in 2012 — Grace Covenant Presbyterian in my hometown of Hilliard. If possible, I would like to help train young men in expository preaching at some point in the future as well as begin some kind of apologetical ministry by starting a public debate forum for different theological and Biblical issues.


Register Now to Attend the 2015 GPTS Summer Institute


The Greenville Seminary Summer Institute is designed to provide those in church leadership with an opportunity for instruction in key areas of ministry and on topics of unique and timely interest. Pastors may find it useful for satisfying requirements for continuing education. For laymen, it serves as a special opportunity for enrichment in their spiritual and intellectual lives. The annual five-day seminar also offers participants a time of inspirational fellowship with other serious Christians in a seminary setting.

In the summer of 2015, the Institute will focus on understanding and preaching the Psalms. Do you find it difficult to grasp any sense of order in the Psalter? Have trouble locating the right psalm for a particular need? Since the time of Augustine until today, the Psalms have been read as individually wrapped treasures that stand alone rather than having inner connections within the book as a whole.

The Institute will provide an in-depth look at "The Flow of the Psalms," with teaching by Dr. O. Palmer Robertson, Aug. 3-7 at the seminary. This week-long seminar is a greatly expanded version of a lecture presented by Dr. Robertson prior to our 2014 Spring Theology Conference. Dr. Palmer's lectures will take place during the morning sessions daily; during the afternoon sessions, Dr. Joseph A. Pipa, Jr., will be lecturing on Preaching the Psalms. Pastors attending will be given the opportunity to submit sermons on the Psalms for critiquing.

The Flow of the Psalms explores the fascinating structures of psalm groupings that will enable you to place as many as 80 per cent of the psalms in their relationship to the whole of the book. Discovering groupings that feature psalms celebrating creation, psalms of corporate praise, psalms of the innocent sufferer, psalms of the guilty sufferer, psalms anticipating prosperity and long life, psalms of personal and national disaster, will enable you to “find your way” to the right psalm for a specific occasion. Understanding these inherent connections can only enrich the understanding of each individual psalm.

Throughout the whole, the promised Messiah and his universal reign provide a unifying focus. Charts displaying the structure inherent in each of the five Books of the Psalter make it possible to visualize the progression in redemptive truth from Psalm 1 to Psalm 150.

Registration is now available on the GPTS web siteYou may also register by phoning (864) 322-2717 ext. 302. Tuition for the Summer Institute is $225. Please register by Friday, June 26th. After June 26th, a $25 late registration fee will be applied. Take $25 off of additional registrations, should others in your church register to attend with you.


GPTS students who want to take the course for graduate level (MDiv) credit must register by May 8th. Non-GPTS students who want to register for credit must do so by June 26th. Pastors who take the course are eligible for 30 continuing education units.

Download a brochure (PDF) here for information on lodging and more.




Summer Theology Course



The GPTS Summer Program also includes an elective course on the Septuagint. The course will be taught on July 20, 22, 24, 27, and 29. Prerequisites for this class taught by Dr. Sidney Dyer, GPTS professor of Greek and New Testament, are Beginning Greek II and Hebrew II. The course is an introduction to the vocabulary, grammar and syntax of the Septuagint. Special emphasis is upon the use of the Old Testament by the New Testament writers. The course is highly recommended for those pursuing Th.M. and Th.D. degrees.

Tuition and fees are $428. The class may be audited for $60. To register, contact the Registrar's Office at 864-322-2717 ext 302 or email registrar@gpts.edu.

Military Cracking Down on Christian Chaplains

News reports increasingly are telling stories of Christian military chaplains being disciplined for bringing the Bible and the Gospel to bear in their work of counseling or leading religious exercises. More and more, the Christian message is being labeled hate speech in the military, while at the same time, studies are showing that morale in the U.S. military has been declining during the past several years. These trends have implications for Greenville Seminary students who are contemplating service as chaplains, as a number of GPTS students and alumni have done.

Steve Walton working the obstacle course during chaplain training
2014 graduate Ross Fearing is working with the Presbyterian Church in America's Ministry to the Military International program within the San Antonio military community in Texas. Cornelius Johnson is an Orthodox Presbyterian Navy chaplain, and Mitch Haubert, assistant pastor at Providence PCA in Robinson Township, Penn. is a Pennsylvania Army National Guard chaplain candidate. Recent graduate Mike Myers served as a chaplain for his Army Reserve unit while attending GPTS. Navy Chaplain Stephen Scott graduated from GPTS in 2005. Kyle Brown, a training officer and chaplain in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard since 2013, was in the Army Chaplain Corps for six years prior. Steve Walton, an Army Reserve chaplain, is also the civilian pastor of Covenant Fellowship Church, a church he planted under the auspices of Ministry to the Military International near military installations in Stuttgart, Germany.

Greenville Seminary is a Qualifying Educational Institution (QEI) for the purpose of preparing clergy for application as chaplains for the military services in accordance with the Department of Defense requirements. On-campus students may use GI Bill benefits; students in our distance learning program are prohibited from using veterans' aid under current restrictions.

Ross Fearing
According to a Western Journalism report, Christian Chaplain Kenneth Reyes is being disciplined for speaking about Christianity.The ironically named Military Religious Freedom Foundation has descended upon Reyes for an article he wrote in which he quoted a phrase made famous by President Dwight D. Eisenhower:
“I am delighted that our veterans are sponsoring a movement to increase our awareness of God in our daily lives. In battle, they learned a great truth that there are no atheists in the foxholes.
OneNewsNow reports that former U.S. Navy Chaplain Gorden Klingenschmitt has labeled as outrageous that praying in the name of Jesus is increasingly considered bad for good discipline and maintaining unit cohesion in the military.

A new law funding the military calls for a survey to determine if restrictions on the prayers of chaplains outside of religious services are hindering their ministry, the ONN report said. Klingenschmitt runs the "Pray in Jesus Name Project." He says many conservative chaplains have already been weeded out of the U.S. military.

"Even the remaining conservative chaplains are going underground," Klingenschmitt told OneNewsNow.

Lieutenant Commander Wesley Modder has served as a chaplain in the U.S. Navy for 19 years and was once assigned to elite Navy SEAL units. The head of Naval Special Warfare Command has called him "the best of the best" and a "talented and inspirational leader." Now he may be discharged from the Navy and stands to lose his retirement benefits. According to reports, an assistant in Modder's office filed a five-page document containing grievances against the chaplain allegedly for counseling against homosexuality and premarital sex. In March, he was removed from his post.

Christians are leaving the U.S. military or are discouraged from joining in the first place because of a “hostile work environment” that doesn't let them express their beliefs openly, religious freedom advocates say, according to The Washington Times.

In December, a chaplain for a Ranger training battalion received an administrative letter of concern after a soldier complained that he advocated Christianity and used the Bible during a mandatory unit suicide-prevention training session. The Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers said the chaplain “used his official position to force his personal religious beliefs on a captive military audience” in an article the group posted on its website.

Michael Berry, senior counsel at the Liberty Institute, a Texas-based legal organization dedicated to defending religious liberty in America, said recent high-profile cases of military chaplains facing punishment for private counseling sessions that reflected the teachings of their religion could cause devout Americans who are qualified for military service to think twice about joining the military.

According to the Times article, Douglas Lee, president of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, whose job it is to find people who want to be chaplains and make sure they're also qualified to serve in the military, said growing religious hostility with the military is making it harder for him to find potential recruits and for the armed forces to maintain the chaplains it does have.

Ministry to the Military International may prove to be a unique alternative for men who desire to minister to service personnel without being hampered by the new restrictions being imposed within the military itself.

Under the leadership of retired Army Chaplain Doug Hudson, the PCA Presbytery of Southeast Alabama has developed and supports the MMI, which has four churches in Germany, one in Okinawa, and one under development in England. There is also a staff pastor in the Charleston, S.C. area, site of several military installations.

The vision of MMI includes: (1) Plant Presbyterian and Reformed churches near all the major bases overseas; (2) Encourage PCA presbyteries in the U.S. to plant churches near major bases that are without a Reformed witness; (3) Establish a Reformed Uniform Ministry (RUM) on all major bases in the U.S. and overseas; the primary focus of this ministry is evangelism and discipleship; and (4) RUM will help those who are reached with the Gospel with assimilation into local Reformed churches.

The following television interview features Retired Army Brigadier General Doug Lee, executive director of the Presbyterian and Reformed Commission on Chaplains and Military Personnel (PRCCMP, a.k.a. PRCC). "Please continue to pray for Doug and our chaplains as they try to be faithful in a very hostile environment," says Pastor Haubert.




2012 NPR Interview with Doug Lee. Listen here.
Related article: Crackdown on Christians Triggers Exodus from Military

Up from Zen & Agnosticism: A Student Answers God’s Call in a Virtual Classroom

Distance Students Around the Globe Attend Classes in Real Time with the Seminary’s Steaming Lectures


Christopher Campbell is a Navy veteran whose life not many years ago had became a shambles. Losing a wife to divorce and professing agnosticism despite his Christian up-bringing, he journeyed desperately through Taoism and Zen Buddhism, seeking comfort for his troubled soul. The horrors of war and terrorist atrocities shook his naive worldview concerning good and evil. Growingly skeptical of answers offered by  eastern religions and Islam, he began reading C. S. Lewis and other Christian authors, and now confesses to being astounded by the truth of the Word of God. A Christian real estate agent befriended him and eventually led him to Christ. “I could no longer deny the absolute truth of the gospel and the fact that Jesus Christ is truly God, and worthy of my praise.,” he says.

Although he had been planning advanced education in information technology, God called him to pursue theological training. A resident of Kansas, he discovered Greenville Seminary and found its distance learning program to be a perfect fit.

“The apostle Paul, writing to Timothy, instructs him to ‘Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.’ (2 Timothy 2:15) From the time I sensed a call to serve the church, this is exactly the thing I desired to do,” Christopher says. “However, to rightly divide the word of truth I needed instruction, and so the search for a seminary began. My situation was unique, in that, due to a family situation, I was unable to relocate in order to attend seminary. While this situation was not ideal, the choice before me was to wait until the family situation changed, or press on with seminary studies.

Christopher Campbell steaming a GPTS class at home in Kansas
“Strongly feeling the inward call to ministry, I made the decision to begin seminary studies by utilizing distance education,” he says.  “When I started classes at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, I was unsure of what to expect. Having previously taken a few distance courses from other
institutions, I was concerned that I would simply be listening to recordings from past years’ lectures, which, although providing the information needed, would bring about a feeling of disconnect with the current students and faculty. I could not have been more wrong, or more pleasantly surprised. From the very beginning of my studies at Greenville, I have been treated, not as a second-class student, but with equal attention from the professors. Truly the only difference is one of physical distance, but not relational distance.

“The professors are all very diligent to adapt their teaching presentation to both on-campus students as well as those online in real-time. For example, in the Hebrew and Greek language courses, as a distance student, you must be prepared to read and translate texts just as often as your local peers. This deliberate interaction on the part of the professors ensures that even students physically distant are held to the same high standard of preparedness and engagement.

“Through the strategic use of technology, Greenville Seminary has provided me with an opportunity to prepare for the pastoral ministry that I never could have received otherwise. I am truly thankful to God for establishing this seminary, and for giving them wisdom and foresight to invest in a distance program to train up men to ‘rightly divide the word of truth.’”

Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary has sought to keep pace with the state of the art with its electronic classrooms and distance learning programs, which are used by students around North America and a variety of foreign countries, including those in the Third World. Students like Christopher, who works professionally as an IT consultant and maintains the GPTS web site from his home, can log in over the Internet  to participate just as if they were sitting in our classrooms. Interactive meeting programs have been recently upgraded, giving our distance students an enhanced real-time experience.

GPTS is now pursuing further upgrades which will make the learning experience even more effective. It is our objective to provide our professors with high-end tablet computers — namely Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablets — which will equip them to more effectively communicate lesson components to distance students. These devices, for example, will allow professors to transmit hand-written “whiteboard” content directly to distant students’ computers. Currently, professors use standard classroom whiteboards for diagrams or other lesson content; but classroom cameras do not adequately capture and transmit whiteboard images to distance students. The new tablets would greatly enhance these teaching techniques, especially in our Greek and Hebrew courses which depend so heavily on visualizations. One of the benefits of technology in the classroom is helping language learners assimilate class instruction more quickly and effectively.

For the benefit of students in classroom, we also need additional projection equipment. Four ceiling-mounted digital projectors are required, one for each of our four classrooms.

We have identified sources for discounts on Surface Pro 3 tablets and projectors. Still these devices are not inexpensive. We are therefore initiating an off-budget fund-raising effort to make this technological upgrade possible. Direct donations have provided some of our original goal of $9,650. We are seeking to raise an additional $5,710 as soon as possible to purchase and integrate these devices into our program in time for the 2015-16 academic year.

If you see the value of this educational approach for men like Christopher Campbell and others around the world, please consider helping to provide funds needed by contributing through our special appeal.



Or send a check to: PO Box 690, Taylors SC 29687.
Memo line: "GPTS Tech"

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Financial Report for April 2015

The tables below indicate our financial situation as of the end of April 2015 and the 2014-15 fiscal year, ending June 30. Unrestricted general fund donations from churches and individuals during April totaled $167,343, which was $103,484 above the $63,859 budgeted for such income. Expenses of $85,775 were $1,815 below the $87,590 budgeted for expenses. In addition, we received $2,024 toward our Capital Fund in April, and $3,725 was given for scholarships.

We covet your earnest prayers and gifts during this final quarter of the fiscal year.


 GENERAL OPERATING FUND - APRIL 2015
                     $167,343
fundraising ideas for schools, churches, and youth sports teams
Graph shows April
contributions vs. Budget 
(lower number)

 Donation Income (unrestricted)
$167,343  
 Other Income
$5,784  
 Total Income
$173,127  
 Expenses
$85,775  
 Net Income
$87,352  
 GENERAL OPERATING FUND -  FISCAL 2014-15
Donation Income
$736,673  
Other Income
$253,482  
Total Income
$990,155  
Expenses
$862,024  
Net Income
$128,131  

 CAPITAL FUND
 Capital Campaign Goal
$3,500,000 
 Received
$3,399,928 
 Long-term Pledges Outstanding
$284,114 
 Total Received and Pledged
$3,684,042 
 Outstanding Obligations
$0 
 Monthly Interest Payment
$2,412 
 Remaining Mortgage
$580,817 



 

If you would like to make a convenient online donation to Greenville Seminary, click the "Donate" button above. Gifts may also be mailed to: Greenville Seminary, PO Box 690, Taylors SC 29687.


THE GPTS ADVANCEMENT INITIATIVE

From now until the end of 2015, Greenville Seminary urges you to join in our critical-needs Advancement Initiative by donating and enlisting a team of fellow supporters. Here's how it works:

Click on this link and then either select the orange DONATE TO YOUR CHARITY box to make a donation or, better yet, click on the black FUNDRAISE FOR YOUR CHARITY box to start your own peer-to-peer fund-raising campaign on behalf of GPTS. Once you have created your campaign, click on the "Manage Team" tab on your fund-raiser campaign page, then on the "Invite Team Members" box to create an e-mail message notifying your contacts about your fund-raising efforts on behalf of Greenville Seminary. In turn, they will have the opportunity to give or start a campaign of their own.


As you reach out, or even if you do not participate in this Crowdrise.com effort, we would appreciate knowing about your contacts. We are asking you to provide the names of five prospective donors from among your friends and acquaintances. To make your pledge and referrals, please fill out and submit the form here.
  
Most of all, be fervent in prayer that God would provide all that is needed for us to do what He has called us to do in this ministry which the church so badly needs in these uncommon times.

Remember, gifts to GPTS are tax-deductible and may include cash, securities, property or a variety of planned giving instruments. (The tax deduction is reduced by the fair market value of any premium received in return for a donation.) See here for information about planning your last will and testament with the Kingdom of God in mind.



Whether or not you can contribute financially, here is another way you can help the seminary: Spread the Word! Do you know someone that would be interested in learning more about our organization or supporting us? If so, share a link to this newsletter. (Click the tiny "M" e-mail icon at the bottom of this post.) Thank you for your continued support for Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Church Connections: Ministry Opportunity Resources


Greenville Seminary seeks to aid churches in their searches for pastors and other ministry workers. The seminary maintains some web resources to assist with this. These include our Ministry Opportunities web page and a Candidates Seeking a Call page.

Like-minded churches and organizations may submit a listing for an open ministry position using the form here. Pastors, alumni and GPTS students may list their availability on the Candidates page by contacting the seminary placement officer.

All of these pages may be accessed using our web site's main menu. Click on the Resources tab and then Church Connections.

Development Director Garry Moes has recently been named placement officer for the seminary. He stands ready to assist churches looking for pastors and candidates seeking a call. We are even able to assist candidates who wish to explore options discretely or confidentially. Dr. Tony Curto is the faculty member to contact if your church is seeking a student to serve as an intern at your church.

To download and view a PowerPoint presentation with instructions on how to access our placement service web resources, click here. The presentation includes links to some denominational job opening sites as well.


GPTS Student to Speak at Youth Worldview Conference




First-year Greenville Seminary student and Islam expert Anthony Rogers will be among the speakers during the 2015 Biblical Worldview Student Conference at Milligan College, in Elizabethtown, Tennessee June 1-6, 2015.

Widely recognized as knowledgeable on comparative religions, Tony Rogers has written extensively on Islam in such publications as Biblical Worldview Magazine, the Puritan Reformed Theological Journal and various web sites. He has engaged in public debates with Muslims on a number of occasions. He serves as a pastoral intern at Woodruff Road Presbyterian Church in Simpsonville, S.C. He is a 2004 graduate of Christ College in Lynchburg, Va.

The annual Biblical Worldview Student Conference is sponsored by Westminster Presbyterian Church in nearby Kingsport, Tenn., a major supporter of Greenville Seminary. GPTS President Joseph A. Pipa, Jr., a past speaker at the conference, commends this event to young people.

For more information, visit the BWSC web site.



Watch Anthony Rogers in debate (starting at 30:20).




Breakfast is on Us in June

Greenville Seminary will be hosting breakfasts at two major denominational general assemblies in June.

OPC

On Saturday, June 6, Dr. Tony Curto will host a breakfast for commissioners and guests attending the General Assembly of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa. The breakfast will be held during the scheduled breakfast hour. Commissioners should obtain their meal in the usual manner and proceed to the designated room for GPTS.


PCA

Reserve a spot for breakfast at the annual General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Greenville Seminary is hosting a morning get-together on Wednesday, June 10, at 7 a.m. in Banquet Room E of the Chattanooga Convention Center, site of the 2015 GA. If you're a commissioner or guest, we cordially invite you to join us for breakfast, fellowship and an update on our ministry.

The breakfast is free, but we need reservations. You may submit a reservation online here: bit.ly/gptsbreakfast. The reservation form has spaces for you to indicate guests who may be attending with you.


Theology Conference Audio/Video



Video recordings of the lectures from the GPTS 2015 Spring Theology Conference on "The Law of God in a Lawless Age" are available now for purchase from the seminary bookshop. Please call Librarian Andy Wortman at 864-322-2717 ext.308 to order. Or e-mail him at awortman@gpts.edu. The price for a complete set of lectures on DVD is $55. These would be ideal for a Sunday school class or adult study group, or for your personal and family edification.

Audio recordings of the lectures are now available for listening on the seminary's SermonAudio page. If you would like to own your own permanent copies, you may order as follows:

MP3 (digital file set) — $25
Full audio CD set — $55

Creationism Resources

The historic biblical doctrine of a six-day creation and the historicity of the first man Adam remain among Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary's signature issues. These doctrines are central to the church's understanding of the full authority of scripture as the "supreme judge by which all controversies of religion are to be determined" (WCF). We hold with the Westminster Confession of Faith, Chapter 4:
"It pleased God the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, for the manifestation of the glory of his eternal power, wisdom, and goodness, in the beginning, to create, or make of nothing, the world, and all things therein whether visible or invisible, in the space of six days; and all very good."

Here are some resources recommended by GPTS Librarian Andy Wortman for further study and consideration:

The Quest for the Historical Adam by William Vandoodewaard



Was Adam really a historical person, and can we trust the biblical story of human origins? Or is the story of Eden simply a metaphor, leaving scientists the job to correctly reconstruct the truth of how humanity began? Although the church currently faces these pressing questions exacerbated as they are by scientific and philosophical developments of our age we must not think that they are completely new. In The Quest for the Historical Adam, William VanDoodewaard recovers and assesses the teaching of those who have gone before us, providing a historical survey of Genesis commentary on human origins from the patristic era to the present.



God, Adam and You by Richard Phillips, ed.


Does it matter if Adam was a historical being? Many Christians today think Adam can be relegated to mythology or symbolism without compromising too much of the Christian faith.

These authors disagree. They hold that Adam was a historical being and that his existence is necessary to our faith and witness. What one believes about Adam's existence makes a difference to how we understand God, mankind, the person and ministry of Jesus, the Bible, and the gospel. It is essential, they argue, to defend the Bible's teaching on creation and Adam.



Did God Create in 6 Days?


The answer to this question strikes at the very heart of the accuracy of the Bible. Due in large part to the influence of Enlightenment thinking, no part of Scripture has been under greater scrutiny than the first three chapters of Genesis. In this significant and needed work, Dr. Joseph Pipa and Dr. David Hall present a collection of essays designed to further an accurate understanding of the six days of Creation. Literal and non-literal views are presented, defended, and critically examined. You will come away from this book challenged and better informed of all views in this important debate. Hear lectures below from the GPTS 1999 Conference on which this book was based: Audio from the GPTS 1999 Conference on Creation. Note especially the Steven Berry and Duncan Rankin lectures on Southern Presbyterians and Creation.


Audio from the GPTS 2013 Conference on the Doctrine of Man


Hear Dr. Richard Belcher on the "Supernatural Creation of Man" and William Vandoodewaard on "Thomas Boston and the Four-Fold State," among other lectures.








James White's Critique of Peter Enns


Audio from the GPTS 2010 Conference on the Nature and Sufficiency of Scripture.





Spring Book Sale

May 15-16

The seminary's 2015 Spring Book Sale will be held on May 15-16 in the Student Commons. Hours are 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday. 

All proceeds from this sale will benefit the seminary’s Smith/Singer Library. Donations of theological literature as well as general literature (including children's books, homeschool materials, coffee-table books, etc.) are all welcome. We do not, however, have room for magazines and sets of general encyclopedias (World Book, National Geographic, etc.). 

This is an annual event, so if you are unable to contribute books at this time, please keep us in mind through the year for future donations. If you are willing to help with the sale (by collecting donations, setting up shelving and moving books the week of the sale, helping with checkout the day of the sale, etc.), please contact Andy Wortman at 864-322-2717 ext. 308 or awortman@gpts.edu

In any event, come and shop for some great book bargains!


Bay Area Reception Invitation

Greenville Seminary President Dr. Joseph A. Pipa, Jr. will be presenting the work of the seminary during a special meeting at New Covenant Presbyterian Church (OPC) in South San Francisco, California on June 3, at 7:30 p.m. Friends, supporters and interested persons from throughout the Bay Area and Northern California are cordially invited to come and learn more about the ministry of Greenville Seminary. For more information, contact Brenda Benson or call (864) 322-2717 ext. 318.

The church is located at 186 Country Club Drive, South San Francisco.


New Covenant Presbyterian Church


We are seeking opportunities throughout the country for similar presentationss. If you or your church is interested in hosting such a gathering, please contact the Office of Development by e-mail or by calling (864) 322-2717 ext. 319.