As Greenville Seminary completes her 27th academic year, we are very excited about the things God has done for us, as well as what lies ahead. We have enjoyed a good year. We are pleased with the spiritual maturity manifested in our students; we have enjoyed a harmony in our community; and we have just graduated seven men.
The coming academic year is brimming with potential. We already have accepted 12 new students and have several more in process; I am pleased to announce that the Board of Trustees have invited Dr. Ryan McGraw to serve as professor of Systematic Theology. Dr. McGraw is an alumnus of GPTS currently pastoring an Orthodox Presbyterian Church congregation in California. He began teaching this year as an adjunct professor and will join us full-time, Lord willing, in July, 2015. Another GPTS alumnus, Breno Macedo, has also been appointed to serve as adjunct professor in Homiletics. Those who have supported GPTS over the years may recognize that Mr. Macedo was one of several Brazilian students who attended the seminary on scholarship several years ago. We have maintained an ongoing collaboration with these men when I have been able to visit Brazil, and we are very thankful to now have this opportunity to have him teaching here.
Of course this work takes money. As you know, we deliberately keep our tuition and fees as low as feasible — training one man for ministry requires donor investment of approximately $10,000 a year. Thank you for your support; your partnership with us enables us to pursue our mission.
Our June appeal has two main key factors. First, as you may know, our new fiscal year begins on July 1. Your June donation helps us greatly during the normally meager summer months. And second, our budgeted benevolence receipts for the next fiscal year is based on what we have received in supporter contributions the previous fiscal year.
With these two factors in mind, we are seeking $95,000 by the end of June ($30,000 from churches and $65,000 from individuals). We appreciate what you have already done in partnering with us financially and in prayer. Whether or not you are able to send a gift at this time, please pray that the Lord will provide for all essentials. Please also pray for our students and alumni, including the seven new graduates. Please pray that they will continue to grow in faithfulness to the Word of God. God uses the prayers and gifts of His people to sustain this work. We hope that you will continue to participate with us and to rejoice in that work, for which we desire to give Him all glory and honor.
With warm regards, I am
Yours in Christ,
Dr. Joseph A. Pipa, Jr.
Or send your gift to Greenville Seminary, PO Box 690, Taylors SC 29687