|Welcome to GPTS: The Entry Foyer|
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 ConductStudents 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.
HousingSince 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.
ChapelChapel 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.
Bookstore & LibraryThe 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 UseStudents 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
Student Body AssociationAs 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 FellowshipThis 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|