Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Registrations Open for 2014 Spring Theology Conference


Registrations are now open for Greenville Seminary's annual Spring Theology Conference to be held March 11-13, 2014, focusing on "God's Works of Providence."

The conference will be held at a new location, Grace Baptist Church, Taylors, S.C. The church is located only a few miles from the seminary at 5020 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors. Grace Baptist has been a friend of the seminary, and Pastor Bob Selph has been an occasional chapel speaker. For many years, the conference has been held at Woodruff Road Presbyterian Church in Simpsonville, S.C. Due to building renovations which will extend into our usual conference dates, WRPC will not be able to host the 2014 conference.

Grace Baptist Church - Corner of Old Spartanburg Rd. and Brushy Creek Rd.
Taylors, S.C.
View a conference brochure here.

The roster of speakers includes:
  • Dr. Derek Thomas, distinguished visiting professor of systematic and historical theology at Reformed Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia. Topic: "Providence and the 'Middle Knowledge': A Question of 'Now You See It, Now You Don't."
  • Dr. Joel Beeke, president of Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Mich. Topic: "The Heidelberg Catechism: Its Gripping History and Teaching on Providence." Dr. Beeke will also preach during Tuesday's free public evening service on the subject, "The Definition and Beauty of Providence."
  • Dr. James McGoldrick, professor of church history at GPTS. Topic: "Calling All Christians: Calvin's Doctrine of Vocation."
  • Pastor Benjamin Miller, 2005 GPTS graduate and pastor of Trinity Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Huntington, N.Y. Topic: "Beautiful in Its Time: A Preacher's Journey through the Mists of Providence."
  • Dr. James N. Anderson, associate professor of Theology and Philosophy, Reformed Theological Seminary–Charlotte. Topic: "Calvinism & the Origin of Sin"
  • Dr. Joseph A. Pipa Jr., president of Greenville Seminary. Topic: "The Devil Made Me Do It." Dr. Pipa will also speak during the Wednesday evening free public service. Topic: "Providence or Fatalism." 
  • Dr. Benjamin Shaw, associate professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at GPTS. Topic: "Just a Lot of Noise: Providence and the Problem of Evil."

Visit the seminary's web site at gpts.edu for information about registering for this exciting conference. The cost will be $80 per person, spouses $35, and youths over age 12 for $20. GPTS graduates may attend for $55. These are "early bird" prices; later registrations will be higher. The early-bird rate deadline is Friday, January 31st.

Due to the change of location, it is anticipated that only one official meal will be available during the conference period, the Wednesday night barbecue dinner in the Seminary Commons, 200 E. Main St., Taylors, S.C. Conference guests will be responsible for other meals.

Two evening sessions will again be open to the public to attend free of charge. The Tuesday and Wednesday evening services will also be streamed live on SermonAudio.com. Listeners may click on the red "Live Webcast" icon near the top of the page at 7:00 p.m. (Eastern time) each day.

Conference-goers are invited to attend a pre-conference chapel service at the seminary at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 11.

Dr. O. Palmer Robertson to Headline Smith Banquet

Veteran theologian and missionary Dr. O. Palmer Robertson will be the keynote speaker at a banquet and celebration in honor of Dr. Morton H. Smith, professor of systematic theology (emeritus), to be held on March 10, 2014.

Reservations are now being accepted for this celebration to be held on the eve of Greenville Seminary's annual Spring Theology Conference (March 11-13). The event will be held in the elegant Poinsett Ballroom at the historic Westin Poinsett Hotel, 120 S. Main St., in downtown Greenville, S.C. See the menu and other details here.

Dr. O. Palmer Robertson
Dr. Robertson is principal and director of African Bible College in Uganda and Malawi. He has served pastorates in several states, spoken at many conferences, taught at several seminaries and lectures in Africa, Europe, Asia and Latin America. His books include Christ of the Covenants, The Genesis of Sex, The Israel of God,and Understanding the Land of the Bible.

A book of tributes will be published for the occasion. Friends, acquaintances, colleagues, students and especially alumni of Dr. Smith's classes are encouraged to submit tributes and remembrances to Development Director Garry Moes at gmoes@gpts.edu. For a preview of the many tributes already given, go here.

To make a reservation to attend the March 10 banquet, complete the form here. The cost is $40 per person. To pay for your reservations, use the options listed on this page of the special web site. You may also choose to be a table sponsor for a contribution of $600. Indicate on the reservation form if you with to sponsor a table for 10 of your guests or for guests chosen by the seminary. Table sponsors will be acknowledged; this is a good opportunity for advertising your business or organization.

Plans are underway for a silent auction to be held in conjunction with the banquet. If you wish to donate a high quality item to be sold during the auction, please contact Garry Moes at gmoes@gpts.edu or 864-322-2717 ext. 319. Quality artwork and crafts, jewelry, rare collectibles, travel and vacation opportunities, quality books, special gift baskets, and similar items are sought. (No discards or rummage sale items please.) Visit local merchants to request donations. Anyone interested in serving as auction coordinator should contact Mr. Moes.

Dr. Smith, who turned 90 on December 11, is a co-founder of Greenville Seminary and a recognized authority on Southern Presbyterian history and doctrine. Dr. Smith has taught Biblical and Systematic theology at the college and seminary level for nearly 60 years. He was instrumental in the founding of the Presbyterian Church in America and served that denomination as stated clerk for 15 years. He was moderator of the PCA General Assembly in 2000. In 1966, he was instrumental in the founding of Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Miss., and in 1987 he joined others in creating Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, where he served as dean of faculty until 1998. He served as pastor in Maryland in the mid-1950's and later taught at Belhaven College, Reformed Theological Institute, Reformed Theological Seminary, Westminster Theological Seminary and Covenant Theological Seminary. He was a long-time pilot and served as a flight instructor during World War II.

The GPTS Board of Trustees recently announced the retirement of Dr. Smith from active teaching, although he continues to teach one course, Introduction to Reformed Theology, during the current fall semester.

Financial Report for November 2013


By now, you may have received in the mail a special message concerning our annual year-end financial outreach, and we hope you have had an opportunity to prayerfully consider how you might help. This year our goal is to raise $165,000 by year's end. We depend on God's people and faithful churches for a major portion of our yearly income during this campaign. We seek, D.V., to replenish our somewhat depleted reserve fund which is vital to easing seasonal cash flow fluctuations and keeping us from reaching out during the year for emergency help. Furthermore, funds received at this time will help us meet future faculty additions. Finally, we encourage churches at this time of year to consider keeping or adding GPTS to their mission or other external giving budgets for 2014.

The tables below show our overall financial condition as of the end of November. Donations of $34,014 from churches and individuals were $27,459 below the $61,473 November budget for these types of unrestricted contributions. Expenses of $77,992 were $10,010 below the $88,002 budgeted for expenses. 


Remember, gifts to GPTS are tax-deductible and may include cash, securities, property or a variety of planned giving instruments. SENIORS PLEASE NOTE information about IRA Charitable Rollovers in 2013, as explained here. See elsewhere in this E-newsletter for information about planning your last will and testament with the Kingdom of God in mind.


GENERAL FUND - NOVEMBER 2013
Donation Income (unrestricted)$34,014
Other Income$6,614
Total Income$40,628
Expenses$77,992
Net Income-$37,364

GENERAL FUND - FISCAL YEAR 2013-14
Donation Income$284,866
Other Income$100,580
Total Income$385,446
Expenses$417,757
Net Income-$32,311


CAPITAL FUND
Capital Campaign Goal*$3,500,000
Received$3,270,131
Long-term Pledges Outstanding$570,794
Total Received and Pledged$3,840,925
Outstanding Obligations$35,000
Monthly Interest Payment$3,560
Remaining Mortgage$691,442

*Although the formal fund-raising campaign goal has been more than realized when combining receipts to date with pledges outstanding, additional funds are needed to amortize the balance of our mortgage.




If you would like to make a convenient online donation to Greenville Seminary, click the  "Donate Online" button above. Gifts may also be mailed to: Greenville Seminary, PO Box 690, Taylors SC 29687. 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 or our website. Thank you for your continued support for Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary

Where There's a Will...

Where there's a will, there's a way...to help build the Kingdom of God.

Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary has been called by God to extend His Kingdom by training men to passionately and faithfully proclaim the Word of God. By His grace, we have been able for 26 years to maintain and grow our educational ministry. This has been possible only through the support of the people of God who share our vision.

One way to ensure that our vision does not die after the current generation goes to join the Church Triumphant is to add GPTS as a beneficiary in your last will and testament. Some of our faithful supporters have already done this and informed us of their intentions. We learn from time to time that others have done so but did not inform us of their intentions for some time.

GPTS would like to help you in planning for your future and ours. We encourage you to visit the web site of the PCA Foundation to take advantage of a free Will Planner. Click here and then select the "Learn More" option in the Getting Started section for an explanation of this service. This site also includes a series of helpful videos outlining important steps in planning your will.

The PCA Foundation can help you with a larger variety of other planned giving instruments.

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Let's review: You have completed a will and perhaps a revocable living trust. Your durable power of attorney for healthcare and a living will are accompanied by a HIPAA (Health Care Portability and Accountability Act) release. All of your records are safely in place and carefully organized.

So you now are finished with your estate planning. Or are you? Will there be changes in your circumstances or your family that should lead to a review of your plan? Could some events cause you to need to revise or update the plan?

Yes, there are a number of reasons to consider revising or updating your plan. Click here for 10 (maybe 11?) reasons you might want to review your plan. In the process, perhaps you may wish to include consideration for a gift to Greenville Seminary. If so, we would be happy to put you in touch with professional estate planners, who can provide you guidance. Contact us by e-mail or calling (864) 322-2171 ext. 319.


Seminary Bids Farewell to Gail Anderson

The seminary faculty, staff and students bids regretful farewell at the end of this year to Administrative Assistant Gail Anderson.

Mrs. Anderson's departure was announced on Dec. 6 by President Joseph A. Pipa, Jr. as follows: "Dear Friends, I am sad to announce that Gail Anderson will be leaving the seminary as of December 31, 2013.  She is accepting a higher call — she is going to care full time for her grandson, Damien, as her daughter returns to work. Needless to say, Gail's leaving is a loss to the seminary and to me personally. We all will greatly miss her."

Mrs. Anderson will also dedicate more time to the care of her husband, Dr. Doug Anderson, as he struggles with advancing multiple sclerosis. Please continue to uphold the Andersons in your prayers.

Mrs. Anderson has served at GPTS for just over four years. She graced the seminary with her hostess skills for many seminary events such as special dinners, convocation and commencement receptions and board meetings. In addition to her normal administrative assistant duties, she has served as office manager, volunteer coordinator, and building manager.

God bless you, Gail, in all your future endeavors. You will be missed.

Gift Idea: New GPTS Shirts Available

The seminary has received a new shipment of promotional golf shirts, displaying the seminary name and logo in white against a forest green shirt color. Shirts are made of 100 percent preshrunk Gildan Ultra cotton jersey.

Regrettably, the manufacturer erred in fulfilling our intended order for an embroidered logo — the new shirts were received with a screen-printed name and logo instead. The good news is that we are able to offer these shirts at a price below that of our previous shirts. The price for the new shirts is $15 (plus shipping), versus the former price of $28!

The shirts are available in four sizes: Medium (M), Large (L), Extra Large (XL) and Double Extra Large (XXL). Quantities are limited, especially in the medium and double-extra large sizes.

Coming soon: New Insulated Stainless Travel Mugs with GPTS name and logo. We still have a small stock of our previous travel mugs (with seminary name, motto, and scripture verse) available. Order here: gptsmugs. Also available are GPTS sweatshirts, in dark green or ash, and green ceramic coffee mugs.

Order golf shirts here (you will be able to indicate quantities on the next page):


Choose Size

Pray with Us


"The power of prayer is not resident in the prayer itself or in those praying, but in the eternal purpose of God that incorporates our prayer for His ends. Prayer does work, not as an outside influence but in purposed congruence in God's eternal plan." — Stanley D. Gale, in byFaith.



  • Pray that God will abundantly bless our year-end financial outreach and to bless and prosper all those who may be led to give in support of this work in God's Kingdom.
  • Pray for our students and faculty as they face the heavy workload at the end of the current semester.
  • Praise God and thank Him for answering many prayers on behalf of the wife and children of one of our foreign students who have managed to make their way out of danger in their native land, travel through three neighboring counties and are soon to embark on their journey to the United States. 
  • Pray that God would guide us as plans get underway for our 2014 Spring Theology Conference.
  • Health concerns: Ask God to be an ever present aid and comfort to longtime missionary and GPTS supporter Jean Coleman, who has entered hospice care with a brutal form of oral cancer. Remember GPTS custodian John Jolly in prayer as he continues to struggle with knew pain. Please continue in prayer for Betty McGoldrick, wife of Professor James McGoldrick, as she continues to deal with her pain and disabilities. Pray also for Dr. Doug Anderson, husband of Administrative Assistant Gail Anderson, as he continues to deal with multiple sclerosis.

First Do No Harm

GPTS recommends a film being produced by Mark Cochran, a friend of the seminary who has been instrumental in video recording of our Spring Conferences. The film is a pro-life production called First Do No Harm. Watch this introductory video for information on how to help bring this film to Life.


Confessing our Hope Podcast

Listen to the GPTS Web-based radio broadcasts, with new interviews by host William Hill periodically! Read more about this broadcast ministry at the Confession Our Home web site. New programs are now available for listening or download. Among them:

#49 Resisting Gossip

In this broadcast, we spoke with Rev. Matthew Mitchell about his book Resisting Gossip: Winning the War of the Wagging Tongue. This was a very beneficial and practical discussion on a subject with which many people struggle.

#50 Mission to Italy

This broadcast features an interview with Rev. Michael Cuneo, missionary to Viterbo, Italy. Mr. Cuneo is a graduate of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and has been working in Italy for quite a few years.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

God's Works of Providence: the 2014 Spring Theology Conference



Plans are underway for Greenville Seminary's annual Spring Theology Conference to be held March 11-13, 2014, focusing on "God's Works of Providence."

The conference will be held at a new location this year, Grace Baptist Church, Taylors, S.C. The church is located only a few miles from the seminary at 5020 Old Spartanburg Road, Taylors. Grace Baptist has been a friend of the seminary, and Pastor Bob Selph has been an occasional chapel speaker. For many years, the conference has been held at Woodruff Road Presbyterian Church in Simpsonville, S.C. Due to building renovations which will extend into our usual conference dates, WRPC will not be able to host next year's conference.

The roster of speakers has been announced by conference organizers. They include:
  • Dr. Derek Thomas, distinguished visiting professor of systematic and historical theology at Reformed Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia. Topic: "Providence and the 'Middle Knowledge': A Question of 'Now You See It, Now You Don't."
  • Dr. Joel Beeke, president of Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Mich. Topic: "The Heidelberg Catechism: Its Gripping History and Teaching on Providence." Dr. Beeke will also preach during Tuesday's free public evening service on the subject, "The Definition and Beauty of Providence."
  • Dr. James McGoldrick, professor of church history at GPTS. Topic: "Calling All Christians: Calvin's Doctrine of Vocation."
  • Pastor Benjamin Miller, 2005 GPTS graduate and pastor of Trinity Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Huntington, N.Y. Topic: "Beautiful in Its Time: A Preacher's Journey through the Mists of Providence."
  • Dr. James N. Anderson, associate professor of Theology and Philosophy, Reformed Theological Seminary–Charlotte. Topic: "Calvinism & the Origin of Sin"
  • Dr. Joseph A. Pipa Jr., president of Greenville Seminary. Topic: "The Devil Made Me Do It." Dr. Pipa will also speak during the Wednesday evening free public service topic: "Providence or Fatalism." 
  • Dr. Benjamin Shaw, associate professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at GPTS. Topic: "Just a Lot of Noise: Providence and the Problem of Evil."

Watch the seminary's web site at gpts.edu for information about registering for this exciting conference. The cost will be $80 per person, spouses $35, and youths over age 12 for $20. GPTS graduates may attend for $55. These are "early bird" prices; later registrations will be higher. Online registration will be available beginning the first week of December. The early-bird rate deadline is Friday, January 31st.

Due to the change of location, it is anticipated that only one official meal will be available during the conference period, the Wednesday night barbecue dinner. Conference guests will be responsible for other meals.

Two evening sessions will again be open to the public to attend free of charge. The Tuesday and Wednesday evening services will also be streamed live on SermonAudio.com. Listeners may click on the red "Live Webcast" icon near the top of the page at 7:00 p.m. (Eastern time) each day.

Conference-goers are invited to attend a pre-conference chapel service led by Dr. Pipa at the seminary at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 11.

Giving Thanks for God's Deliverance and Eternal Goodness

By Garry J. Moes
Director of Development & Recruiting


I have always been intrigued by Psalm 107 because of the unique way it admonishes all people to give thanks to the Lord and because of the simple rationale it uses for doing so. The psalmist tells four mini-stories about certain groups of people who find themselves in dire circumstances, who then cry out to God for deliverance, and who thereafter receive relief from God. The groups include the lost in general, rebellious prisoners, fools suffering physical distress because of their folly, and hard-working folks engaged in commerce yet threatened by their sea-going environment and circumstances.

In each case, following their deliverance, they are told to give thanks to the Lord because 1) He is good, and 2) His love is steadfast and eternal toward those who call upon His name. Verses 35-38 wax eloquent concerning the extent of God’s goodness and provision, reversing earlier curses for sinfulness:
He turns a desert into pools of water, a parched land into springs of water.
And there he lets the hungry dwell, and they establish a city to live in;
they sow fields and plant vineyards  and get a fruitful yield.
By his blessing they multiply greatly, and he does not let their livestock diminish.
During this Thanksgiving season and as we come to the close of another year, these verses resonate with special meaning as we contemplate the Lord’s provisions during 2013. Perhaps your circumstances during this year have been filled with trials and distresses. Perhaps this has been a year of restoration or continued blessing beyond your expectations or deserving.

We at Greenville Seminary have experienced times of both trial and blessing. We lost Trustee Doug Clark and several good friends and supporters unto death. We have also been overwhelmed at times by the generosity and godly praises of others. Our student body has grown; faculty changes have occurred; one of our co-founders and beloved professors Morton Smith is retiring; and more and more churchmen are seeing us as a bastion of biblical commitment in the face of growing drift in the church. These are but a few of the noteworthy factors of life at GPTS this year.

We may never be a wealthy or well-endowed institution. But we consider ourselves greatly blessed and privileged to have been called by God to raise up new generations of faithful preachers and Kingdom workers. And we have been doubly blessed by having the support of Christians who feel as strongly as we do about standing firm on the Word of God and the historic faith. We ask you to uphold us in prayers of intercession and thanksgiving.
“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Let the redeemed of the Lord say so…” (Psalm 107:1-2).

Financial Report for October 2013

The tables below show our overall financial condition as of the end of October. Donations of $100,433 from churches and individuals were $38,960 above the $61,473 October budget for these types of unrestricted contributions. Expenses of $86,800 were $1,202 below the $88,002 budgeted for expenses. We praise God and thank His people for one of the best outpourings of support for any October. 

November and December are traditionally the months for our annual Thanksgiving and Year-end financial outreach. This year our goal is $165,000. We depend on God's people and faithful churches for a major portion of our yearly income during these two months. We seek, D.V., to replenish our reserve fund which is vital to easing seasonal cash flow fluctuations. Furthermore, funds are needed future faculty additions. Finally, we encourage churches at this time of year to consider keeping or adding GPTS to their external giving budgets for 2014.

Remember, gifts to GPTS are tax-deductible and may include cash, securities, property or a variety of planned giving instruments. SENIORS PLEASE NOTE information about IRA Charitable Rollovers in 2013, as explained here.


GENERAL FUND - OCTOBER 2013
Donation Income (unrestricted)$100,433
Other Income$6,782
Total Income$107,215
Expenses$86,800
Net Income$20,415

GENERAL FUND - FISCAL YEAR 2013-14
Donation Income$249,914
Other Income$94,521
Total Income$344,435
Expenses$338,904
Net Income$5,531


CAPITAL FUND
Capital Campaign Goal*$3,500,000
Received$3,269,368
Long-term Pledges Outstanding$571,008
Total Received and Pledged$3,840,377
Outstanding Obligations$35,000
Monthly Interest Payment$3,350
Remaining Mortgage$691,442

*Although the formal fund-raising campaign goal has been more than realized when combining receipts to date with pledges outstanding, additional funds are needed to amortize the balance of our mortgage.





If you would like to make a convenient online donation to Greenville Seminary, click the  "Donate Online" button above. Gifts may also be mailed to: Greenville Seminary, PO Box 690, Taylors SC 29687. 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 or our website. Thank you for your continued support for Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. 

Morton Smith Banquet Reservations Now Open

Reservations are now being accepted for a banquet and celebration in honor of Dr. Morton H. Smith, professor of systematic theology (emeritus) to be held on March 10, 2014.

The seminary community is cordially invited to attend this celebration to be held on the eve of our annual Spring Theology Conference (March 11-13). The event will be held in the elegant Poinsett Ballroom at the historic Westin Poinsett Hotel, 120 S. Main St., in downtown Greenville, S.C. Speaker and entertainment will be announced in the near future. See the menu and other details here.

A book of tributes will be published for the occasion. Friends, acquaintances, colleagues, students and especially alumni of Dr. Smith's classes are encouraged to submit tributes and remembrances to Development Director Garry Moes at gmoes@gpts.edu by Nov. 15.

To make a reservation to attend the March 10 banquet, complete the form here. The cost is $40 per person. To pay for your reservations, use the options listed on this page of the special web site. You may also choose to be a table sponsor for a contribution of $600. Indicate on the reservation form if you with to sponsor a table for 10 of your guests or for guests chosen by the seminary. Table sponsors will be acknowledged; this is a good opportunity for advertising your business or organization.

Plans are underway for a silent auction to be held in conjunction with the banquet. If you wish to donate a high quality item to be sold during the auction, please contact Garry Moes at gmoes@gpts.edu or 864-322-2717 ext. 319. Quality artwork and crafts, jewelry, rare collectibles, travel and vacation opportunities, quality books, special gift baskets, and similar items are sought. (No discards or rummage sale items please.) Visit local merchants to request donations. Anyone interested in serving as auction coordinator should contact Mr. Moes.

Dr. Smith, who turns 90 in December, is a co-founder of Greenville Seminary and a recognized authority on Southern Presbyterian history and doctrine. Dr. Smith has taught Biblical and Systematic theology at the college and seminary level for nearly 60 years. He was instrumental in the founding of the Presbyterian Church in America and served that denomination as stated clerk for 15 years. He was moderator of the PCA General Assembly in 2000. In 1966, he was instrumental in the founding of Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Miss., and in 1987 he joined others in creating Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, where he served as dean of faculty until 1998. He served as pastor in Maryland in the mid-1950's and later taught at Belhaven College, Reformed Theological Institute, Reformed Theological Seminary, Westminster Theological Seminary and Covenant Theological Seminary. He was a long-time pilot and served as a flight instructor during World War II.

The GPTS Board of Trustees recently announced the retirement of Dr. Smith from active teaching, although he continues to teach one course, Introduction to Reformed Theology, during the current fall semester.

Campus Life at GPTS

Greenville Seminary, founded in 1987, is blessed with a beautiful and functional facility in Taylors, a residential suburb of Greenville, South Carolina. The seminary's quiet and gracious home, opened in 2007, is on the campus of a once-abandoned public high school on Taylors's Main Street. In this brick and colonnaded home, Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary seeks to realize our founders' vision to see an institution that focused on the historic Reformed faith without forcing men to incur debt in the process. The first is accomplished through our distinctives, the second through our tuition program.

Welcome to GPTS: The Entry Foyer
Greenville Seminary is set apart by both curriculum and style. We are committed to upholding the authority of Scripture and doctrinal integrity as embodied in the Westminster Confession of Faith. In addition to a strong focus on the original languages of Scripture, we also stress Christ-centered preaching and the preservation of our Christian heritage. We accomplish these goals by offering a classical curriculum (to form a strong learning foundation), an emphasis on preaching style and intense theological courses. The Board of Trustees has also set a cap on the number of resident students so that instructors can have a personalized mentoring relationship with future ministers.

While GPTS offers a state-of-the-art mentored distance learning program which is a benefit to students from around the nation and the world who cannot move to Greenville, we encourage on-campus studies as an even greater benefit for personal interaction with faculty, fellow students, and the overall GPTS community.

Class with Dr. George W. Knight III
earlier this year

Student Conduct

Students at Greenville Seminary are expected to conduct themselves at all times as mature Christians. The seminary believes the Westminster Standards are a sound exposition of the biblical principles of conduct as well as of faith and doctrine. The Seminary reserves the right to refuse or dismiss students whose conduct fails to meet the ethical principles set forth in the Bible and the Standards. Admission to Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary as a degree candidate assumes the desire on the part of the student to learn the Reformed Faith as understood by the Seminary.



Housing

Since the Seminary has very few housing facilities, students are responsible for arranging their own housing. A number of apartments and affordable homes in the Greenville area are within a reasonable driving distance from the Seminary. As far as is possible, the Seminary office will provide information about housing opportunities. More information on housing in the Greenville area is available here.


Chapel

Chapel is held Tuesday through Thursday each week during the semester. On Tuesdays, ministers from many of the excellent area churches preach, providing students with edifying teaching from the Word of God and examples of quality preaching. On Wednesdays, seminary President Dr. Joseph A. Pipa Jr., generally preaches on-going series from books of the Bible or topical themes. Occasionally on Wednesdays, we hold mission-oriented chapels, followed by missionary presentations over pizza. Wednesdays are a favorite day for student families to attend (candy for the kids), along with visitors from the community. On Thursday, a faculty member or advanced student preaches. Attendance is required for all students, unless excused for valid reason.

Presbyterian Bookshop

Bookstore & Library

The Seminary operates a small campus bookstore and is able to make available most textbooks to the students.


The Smith-Singer Library

The Smith-Singer Library houses a select collection of materials, including approximately 7,000 volumes, that will meet most of the student’s academic needs. In addition, a local university library, 10 minutes away from campus and with approximately 300,000 volumes, has extended full lending privileges (including access to Interlibrary Loan) to GPTS students. The Department of History of the Presbyterian Church (USA), Montreat, North Carolina, is approximately two hours from the seminary and houses a large collection of books, periodicals, and manuscripts relating to Presbyterian history. Those interested in historical research are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity. The South Caroliniana Library in Columbia, S.C. is 1½ hours from Greenville. Housed in its collection are several manuscripts related to the study of J.H. Thornwell and South Carolina and American Presbyterian history.


Computer Use

Students are encouraged to obtain a computer for use during their seminary career. Laptops are welcome in classrooms. Research computers are also available in the Library. We encourage students to have an active email account to facilitate Seminary/student communications. Our information technology staff provides advice and help with acquiring, installing and using the latest Bible-study software.


Chinese student Xing Liu and his
family take membership vows and
children receive baptism at
Fellowship Presbyterian Church
The Church Community

One of the most frequent questions asked is, “What are the churches like there?” Greenville is blessed to have over 20 Reformed and Presbyterian churches in the Upstate area. This provides good opportunities for our faculty and students to worship, serve, and be involved. These local churches provide a vital backbone to support our students during their stay at Greenville Seminary.

Prayer groups

The students meet in groups once a week for a time of prayer with their student advisers. Our desire is to minister to one another and to encourage students and graduates to be men of prayer.


Student Body Association

As a member of the student body, you automatically become a member of the Student Body Association. The Association gives you the opportunity to serve the seminary and your fellow students. If you are elected to an office, you will also have the opportunity to exercise and develop leadership skills.


Seminary Ladies Fellowship

This group for GPTS women fills the need for a prospective pastor's wife to be prepared for life after her husband's graduation. The seminary wives have created a four-year curriculum that is presented by those who share their experience, insights, and biblical perspective for equipping our seminary wives for their future roles. If you are married, your wife will be thrilled with this group. The Ladies Fellowship is also open to female students, staffers and other women associated with the seminary.
The Association gives you the opportunity to serve the seminary and your fellow students. If you are elected to an office, you will also have the opportunity to exercise and develop leadership skills.


More Campus Life Photos

The leaning continues outside the classroom
Ice cream day

Volunteers Sylvia George and Vicky Moody working 
on library projects in the Bookshop/Reception area
The Board Room with church publication archives

President's Office anteroom

Annual Fall Picnic
New students dinner, Fall 2013

Volunteer Karlinda Moes staffs the reception desk

Urgent Rescue Request

EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to the critical sensitivity of the following request and the attendant circumstances, we are not able to share identities or location details of the individuals involved. Please be in prayer for this family.

UPDATE 11/13/13: Since the report below was filed, the amount needed for obtaining and processing documents has been raised. Additional funds are still needed to provide for travel and living expenses.

ORIGINAL REPORT:
The refugee family of an international student currently studying at GPTS recently escaped from their native country to begin a dangerous multistage journey to the United States to be reunited with their husband/father. The family remains in considerable danger of capture or abduction in their current temporary location, but need $15,000 to be able to proceed to the next stage of their journey. Funds received for this purpose are being administered by the diaconate of a North American Presbyterian and Reformed Council member church.

If you are able to provide funds for this need, send your gift to Greenville Seminary, PO Box 690, Taylors SC 29687. Mark your gift for "Z.A."

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Sunday, Nov. 10 is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. Believers in countries such as Egypt, Eritrea, India, Iran, Nigeria, Pakistan and Vietnam face violence, imprisonment and even death because of their faith in Jesus Christ. There are other places in the world such as North Korea where acts of persecution take place, but we don’t see or hear of it. IDOP is a time set apart for us to remember thousands of our Christian brothers and sisters around the world who suffer persecution, simply because they confess Jesus Christ as Lord.

Confessing Our Hope Podcast


Listen to the GPTS Web-based radio broadcasts, with new interviews by host William Hill periodically! Read more about this broadcast ministry at the Confession Our Home web site. New programs are now available for listening or download. Among them:

#46 The Reformed Presbyterian Church in North America and Sexual Orientation

On this broadcast, we sat down with Howard Huizing and Ken Smith, who were on the committee of the RPCNA that discussed and drafted the Contemporary Issues on Sexual Orientation report for the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America. This was a very important discussion given the impact of this issue on the church today. In this discussion we covered the bulk of this report including the all important section regarding “pastoral implications.” The report can be purchased here: The Gospel and Sexual Orientation

#47 – The Angel of the Reformation

For this program, we interviewed Tom Ertl, president of Zurich Publishing, on this book: Pierre Viret: The Angel of the Reformation. This was an excellent discussion about a man who is not as well-known as Calvin and Luther (and others). Yet, Viret was very influential in the life John Calvin. The book's author, R.A. Sheats, resides in Florida. She is currently engaged in the translation of Pierre Viret’s original works from 16th century.

#48 – ARP General Synod Report

Our guest for this broadcast was GPTS Board Chairman Jeff Kingswood, moderator of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church General Synod. We discussed news and events related to the ARP, particularly items considered at the 2013 General Synod. Mr. Kingswood is the pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church in Woodstock, Ontario.

Pray With Us


"The power of prayer is not resident in the prayer itself or in those praying, but in the eternal purpose of God that incorporates our prayer for His ends. Prayer does work, not as an outside influence but in purposed congruence in God's eternal plan." — Stanley D. Gale, in byFaith.



  • Ask God to bless and guide our Board of Trustees as they hold their annual fall meeting Nov. 14.
  • Pray that God will abundantly bless our year-end financial outreach and to bless and prosper all those who may be led to give in support of this work in God's Kingdom.
  • Thank the Lord that all of our 2013 graduates have now found positions of ministry.
  • Praise God that the family of a resident foreign student has been able to exit difficult circumstances in their native country. Ask God to intervene in their efforts to obtain new travel documents and funds to continue their complicated journey to the United States. Give high praise to God for the unconditional release from prison of another family member still in the native country.
  • Pray that God would guide us as plans get underway for our 2014 Spring Theology Conference.
  • Remember GPTS custodian John Jolly in prayer as he continues to struggle with knew pain.
  • Ongoing requests: Please continue in prayer for Betty McGoldrick, wife of Professor James McGoldrick, as she continues to deal with her pain and disabilities. Pray also for Dr. Doug Anderson, husband of Administrative Assistant Gail Anderson, as he continues to deal with multiple sclerosis. Remember Development Director Garry Moes through his ongoing treatments for prostate cancer, which are proving successful to date.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Banquet to Honor Dr. Morton Smith

Dr. Morton H. Smith, professor of systematic theology (emeritus), will be honored for his service to Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and the church of Christ at a banquet and celebration to be held on March 10, 2014.

The seminary community is cordially invited to attend this celebration to be held on the eve of our annual Spring Theology Conference (March 11-13). The event will be held in the elegant Poinsett Ballroom at the historic Westin Poinsett Hotel, 120 S. Main St., in downtown Greenville, S.C. Speaker and entertainment will be announced in the near future. See the menu and other details here.

The banquet will also serve as the kick-off for a campaign to raise funds to endow a new Morton H. Smith Chair in Systematic Theology at Greenville Seminary. A special web site has been created to detail the Smith Chair and to publish tributes to this servant of God. A book of tributes will be published for the occasion. Friends, acquaintances, colleagues, students and especially alumni of Dr. Smith's classes are encouraged to submit tributes and remembrances to Development Director Garry Moes at gmoes@gpts.edu by Nov. 15.

To make a reservation to attend the March 10 banquet, complete the form here. The cost is $40 per person. To pay for your reservations, use the options listed on this page of the special web site. You may also choose to be a table sponsor for a contribution of $600. Indicate on the reservation form if you with to sponsor a table for 10 of your guests or for guests chosen by the seminary. Table sponsors will be acknowledged; this is a good opportunity for advertising your business or organization.

Plans are underway for a silent auction to be held in conjunction with the banquet. If you wish to donate a high quality item to be sold during the auction, please contact Garry Moes at gmoes@gpts.edu or 864-322-2717 ext. 319. Quality artwork and crafts, jewelry, rare collectibles, travel and vacation opportunities, quality books, special gift baskets, and similar items are sought. (No discards or rummage sale items please.) Visit local merchants to request donations. Anyone interested in serving as auction coordinator should contact Mr. Moes.

Dr. Smith, who turns 90 in December, is a co-founder of Greenville Seminary and a recognized authority on Southern Presbyterian history and doctrine. Dr. Smith has taught Biblical and Systematic theology at the college and seminary level for nearly 60 years. He was instrumental in the founding of the Presbyterian Church in America and served that denomination as stated clerk for 15 years. He was moderator of the PCA General Assembly in 2000. In 1966, he was instrumental in the founding of Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Miss., and in 1987 he joined others in creating Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, where he served as dean of faculty until 1998. He served as pastor in Maryland in the mid-1950's and later taught at Belhaven College, Reformed Theological Institute, Reformed Theological Seminary, Westminster Theological Seminary and Covenant Theological Seminary. He was a long-time pilot and served as a flight instructor during World War II.

The GPTS Board of Trustees recently announced the retirement of Dr. Smith from active teaching, although he continues to teach one course, Introduction to Reformed Theology, during the current fall semester.

Creation of the Morton H. Smith Chair in Systematic Theology will be part of Greenville Seminary’s faculty support and development program. To ensure that Greenville Seminary continues to offer strong academic programs, we seek to honor our distinguished teacher/scholars' commitment to dedicate their lives to the service of Christ in this institution.

Endowed academic chairs are important tools for recognizing and rewarding outstanding teaching, scholarship, and service to the seminary. Our Systematic Theology Program is a vital and fundamental component of our Divinity and Master of Arts studies. For this reason, the seminary is committed to ensuring that the finest theologians and scholars available serve in this discipline and are compensated commensurately.



GPTS Commended for Six-Day Creation Stance

Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, along with Mid-America Reformed Seminary, has been cited for commendation by iconic Presbyterian minister and author G.I. Williamson for its strong stand in defense of the historic interpretation of the six-day creation account of Genesis 1 and 2.

Writing in The Aquila Report, Williamson, a retired minister of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, said that Presbyterian and Reformed churches have "lost credibility" concerning the authority of scripture by abandoning the historic view and seeking to accommodate ever-changing modern scientific views.

"We still say we believe every word of the Bible including what it says about creation. We also say that we subscribe to the Westminster Standards. But the truth is that we are no longer united in what we mean when we say this. And it is my conviction that this has seriously weakened our testimony to unbelievers," Williamson said.

He said many in Presbyterian and Reformed circles are regrettably seeking respectability among "intellectuals" and "scientific people" by tolerating "day-age," "analogical," and "framework" interpretations of creation and have gone so far as ridicule those who seek to uphold and defend a literal reading of the six-day creation account.

Williamson laid much of the blame for the departure at the feet of Reformed seminaries.

"I have thought for some time that it is a pity that our Reformed Seminaries are failing to extricate us from the effects of the mistaken concession made by some truly great men in recent history, but I’m also heartened to see a clear stand being taken for six-day creation at Mid-America Reformed Seminary — and even more since the Greenville Presbyterian Seminary has been willing to openly state its rejection of the concession of faith which has produced such bitter fruit."

The GPTS faculty is perhaps unique in having created and published a formal statement of allegiance to the historic, literal view of creation.

The statement, "6 Days are 6 Days," says that members of the GPTS faculty share "the exegesis of the Westminster divines that led them to affirm that God created all things 'in the space of six days' by the word of his power. We also believe that this clear meaning of confessional language should be taught in our churches and pulpits, and that departures from it should be properly safeguarded."

Williamson said, "I am more and more convinced that what seminary professors, pastors, and elders need today is a good dose of Job and Ecclesiastes, because (if they did have that) they would again be able to teach and defend what the Westminster Standards say about creation. The Standards say God 'created all things of nothing, by the word of his power, in the space of six days, and all very good.' But in spite of some ‘fancy footwork’ by adherents of these different views, what our standards clearly say is no longer what we really believe and uphold in all our Orthodox Presbyterian Churches and Presbyterian Church in America congregations. And I think the reason is that too many who profess adherence to the Westminster Standards have been seduced by the cultural consensus which says modern scientific people now know better than our Reformation fathers. They think modern science has now made that part of our Reformation creed (taken in its obvious sense) obsolete. I believe they need to consider is what God said to Job many centuries ago.

"Job [was] asked in 11:7, 'Can you find out the deep things of God? Can you find out the limit of the Almighty? It is higher than heaven—what can you do? Deeper than Sheol—what can you know?

"And again in 38:4,'Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements—surely you know!

"I take the last three words to be sarcastic! And the sarcasm was well deserved. We see this from the response of Job who was deservedly chastened!

"42:1-6: 'Then Job answered the Lord and said: "I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted. 'Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?' Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know. 'Hear, and I will speak; I will question you, and you make it known to me.' I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you; therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes."'

"What Job needed to learn was the infinite difference between man (the mere creature) and his creator. And that being true it will never be the case that man knows enough to dispute what God says about his own work of creation. As wise Solomon said, God 'made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end' (Eccles. 3:11)."

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