Monday, January 6, 2014

Benefit Banquet to Honor Dr. Morton H. Smith

Reservations are now being accepted for a banquet celebration of Dr. Morton H. Smith to be held March 10 on the eve of Greenville Seminary's annual Spring Theology Conference. 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.)

A silent auction will be held to benefit the new Morton H. Smith Chair in Systematic Theology. A number of items have already been donated, including some exquisite diamond jewelry and some historic books. To preview the auction items donated so far, go here. To donate an item, fill our the form here.

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.

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. After making your reservation, you will receive a confirmation message with a link to a payment page, using the individual or table sponsor options listed. You may choose to be a table sponsor for a contribution of $600. Indicate on the reservation form if you wish 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.

If you wish to donate a high quality item to be sold during the silent auction, please fill out a donation form here. Or 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.