|Pre-Convocation New Student Banquet in the Student Commons|
Peter Van Doodewaard, an alumnus and now pastor of neighboring Covenant Community Church (OPC) in Taylors, S.C., gave the convocation address, "Courage in Kingdom Endeavors," focusing on King David's "Mighty Men," as described in I Chronicles 11-12 (listen here). A charge to the students following a similar theme was given by Student Body Association President Thomas Van Maanan. The ceremony concluded with the taking of annual vows by students, pledging to remain faithful to the seminary's distinctives and requirements, and by faculty, pledging full subscription to the Holy Scriptures and Reformed theology as set forth in the Westminster Standards.
With the Fall Semester registration, GPTS now has 78 students in all enrollment categories, including full- and part-time resident/distance, bachelor's and master's degree, advanced degree and special students.
Following are some photographic highlights of the new year's kickoff activities.
|Peter Van Doodewaard delivers Convocation adddress.|
Left, President Pipa. Right, Dr. Shaw & Dr. McGoldrick
|Students take vows of fidelity patterned after those |
established at Princeton Theological Seminary in 1812.
|SBA President Tom Van Maanen delivers charge to fellow students.|
|Cake shared during reception following Convocation|
|Student wife Gwen Hill serves punch to Dr. Sid Dyer.|