Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Campus & Community Life at GPTS

Greenville Seminary, founded in 1987, is blessed with a beautiful and functional campus 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 theological and historical distinctives, the second through our low-cost tuition program.

Greenville Seminary is set apart by both curriculum and style. We are committed to upholding the authority of Scripture and doctrinal integrity as well as the Westminster Confession. 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 clear, mentoring relationship with future ministers.

Fellowship Presbyterian Church, Greer, S.C.
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. 

The Local Community
GPTS is blessed to be in the heart of a delightful region of America's "Bible Belt," where traditional values are a way of life and religion is part of the public conversation. Close to the Blue Ridge Mountains, the area is rich in historical sites, museums, art galleries, great universities, lakes, parks and world-class dining and entertainment opportunities. For more information about the Greenville area, go here.

Student Conduct
Student Body Association planning for the Spring Conference
All degree candidates at Greenville Seminary are expected to conduct themselves at all times as mature Christians. The seminary believes the Westminster Standards to 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 Westminster 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. The candidate's conduct is expected to conform to this assumption at all times.

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 is held Tuesday through Thursday each week during the semester. Attendance is required for all students. The local community is invited to share in these chapel services, held from 11:15 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Those who attend find them a great help in spiritual development. Guest ministers from the area generally preach on Tuesdays; President Joseph Pipa, Jr. usually preaches on Wednesdays; a faculty member or advanced student preaches on Thursdays.

Bookstore confab
The Seminary operates a small campus bookstore and is able to make available most textbooks to the students. Most of our bookstore operations are now based on

GPTS Library
The Seminary 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, SC is 1½ hours from Greenville. Housed in its collection are several manuscripts related to the study of J.H. Thornwell, 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. Library computers are available the Media Room. We encourage students to have an active e-mail account to facilitate Seminary/student communications. Our classrooms are equipped with state-of-the-art video conferencing equipment allowing distance-learning students to "attend" classes remotely.