Monday, December 7, 2015

Register Now for the GPTS Spring Conference

Registrations are now open for Greenville Seminary's annual Spring Theology Conference to be held on March 8-10, 2016. The conference will address the charged contemporary subject of "Marriage, Family and Sexuality."

The conference will be held again at Woodruff Road Presbyterian Church, 2519 Woodruff Rd, Simpsonville, S.C. Register online at GPTS web site. Register by Jan. 29th for Early Bird rates on conference fees (see below). Click here to download a bulletin insert. Feel free to print this insert set (two per sheet) to include in your church bulletin.

Also planned is the second annual campus preview for prospective students on March 7-8. Prospective students who attend the Encounter GPTS open house may attend the Spring Theology Conference for free.

With marriage, family and sexuality severely under attack in America, Greenville Seminary has never offered a more timely conference. The church and the world need biblical answers to the sexual perversions rampant in our culture. More importantly, the church needs to demonstrate the powerful, biblical alternative.

In this conference, we will deal with some of the difficulties faced today: homosexuality, transgenderism, and pornography, but our main goal is to defend the biblical standards for marriage, courting, and relationships between husband and wife and parents and children. The godly home is a powerful antidote to the perversions of our day. Of course, the greatest antidote is the Gospel, and we will review the life and something of the thought of one of the great Gospel preachers and theologians of the past.

Speakers and their topics are:
  • God's Design for Marriage — Dr. Joseph A. Pipa, Jr., GPTS president
  • Gay Marriage: Right or Wrong? — Gary Bates, Creation Ministries International
  • The Maker's Instructions — Dr. Ian Hamilton, pastor Cambridge Presbyterian Church (UK), GPTS trustee and adjunct professor. (Evening worship service, free and open to the public. Live webcast on SermonAudio)
  • Nurturing Sexual Intimacy in Marriage — Dr. Joel Beeke, president, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary
  • Free and Last: Counseling Those Dominated by the Sin of Pornography — Dr. Kevin Backus, pastor, Bible Presbyterian Church, Grand Island, N.Y.; Fellow - National Association of Nouthetic Counselors
  • Family Worship in the Reformed Tradition — Dr. Benjamin Shaw, GPTS associate professor
  • God's Nursery — Dr. Pipa. (Evening worship service, free and open to the public. Live webcast on SermonAudio)
  • Biblical Wisdom for Courtship and Dating — Dr. Richard Phillips, pastor, 2nd Presbyterian Church, Greenville
  • Special lecture on The Life and Theology of John Owen: A 400th Anniversary Appreciation — Dr. Ryan McGraw, GPTS associate professor and Owen scholar
Registration Rates:
  • Early Bird rate $85 through Jan. 29, Spouse $35, Non-GPTS Student $20, Alumni $60;
  • Jan. 30-Mar. 3 - Standard rate $115, Spouse $35, Non-GPTS Student $25, Alumni $85.
  • After Mar. 3, on-site registration rate of $120 applies, GPTS, Graduate $90, Student $30.
  • Youth 12 and under attending with parents: Free; Over age 12: $20. 
  • Prospective GPTS students who attend the pre-conference open house (see below) may attend the main conference without charge.
  • Those unable to attend the entire conference may register on-site for one day. Tuesday or Thursday rate: $35; Wednesday rate: $55; student, wife and/or child: $10. 

GPTS Impact 2015: Financial Report for November 2015

The Year of our Lord 2015 is drawing to a close. Greenville Seminary has sought to be faithful to make this truly a Year of our Lord in our service to His Church. We are most grateful to many of God's people who have provided the financial wherewithal to allow us to continue our work of training Biblically grounded future pastors and Christian workers.

A church in Georgia, for example, just increased its annual giving to GPTS along with a note "to express our deep appreciation for the work of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. ... The Session...was unified in its desire to express our thanks to GPTS for its unwavering commitment to the biblical teaching of the reformed faith and the faithful preparation of the next generation of ministers in Christ's church. ... Colossians 3:17 encourages us: 'And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.' May the staff and faculty at GPTS continue faithfully in its work. The road may be difficult and thankless in moments, but we pray that our financial support ... will go some way to assist you in operating the seminary for the glory of our great God and service in His kingdom."

GPTS Impact 2015 Campaign

At the end of each calendar year, GPTS reaches out to individuals and churches on whom we depend for 70 per cent of our operating income. We are pleased to report that the response thus far in December has been very positive. We substantially exceeded our $180,000 goal by the grace of God and the generosity of His people. You may have received a special letter in the mail about this from President Joseph Pipa, Jr. If you have not yet responded, we humbly beseech you to consider helping us to begin 2016, which will see the start of our 30th year of classes in the fall, with an assurance that our needs will be met.

The tables below indicate our financial situation as of the end of November 2015 and the 2015-16 fiscal year to that date. Unrestricted general fund donations from churches and individuals during November totaled $38,008, which was $29,950 below the $67,958 budgeted for such income. Total income for the month, including funds withdrawn from reserves, was $69,269, which was $35,912 below budget projections of $102,870. Expenses of $93,299 were $13,369 less than the $106,668 budgeted for expenses. In addition, we received $818 toward our Capital Fund in November. A total of $195 was given for scholarships and $175 was given for international faculty travel.

We continue to need your help! Your gifts and prayers are vital to the accomplishment of our mission. Will you give generously and pray earnestly for a stronger financial foundation this month? We express our thanks to those who have already responded to our financial appeal.

GPTS Impact 2015

fundraising ideas for schools, churches, and youth sports teams

Graph shows progress 
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2015 Year-End Fund Goal
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*NOTE: "Other income" figures include a planned $16,667 withdrawal monthly from an unbudgeted reserve account established from a bequest received near the end of our last fiscal year.

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If you would like to make a convenient online donation to Greenville Seminary, click the "Donate" button above. Gifts may also be mailed to: Greenville Seminary, PO Box 690, Taylors SC 29687.


Fidelity Charitable Clients: Click here for Donor-Advised Fund direct deposit (available soon)

Most of all, be fervent in prayer that God would provide all that is needed for us to do what He has called us to do in this ministry which the church so badly needs in these uncommon times.

Remember, gifts to GPTS are tax-deductible and may include cash, securities, property or a variety of planned giving instruments. (The tax deduction is reduced by the fair market value of any premium received in return for a donation.) See here for information about planning your last will and testament with the Kingdom of God in mind.

Whether or not you can contribute financially, here is another way you can help the seminary: Spread the Word! Do you know someone that would be interested in learning more about our organization or supporting us? If so, share a link to this newsletter. (Click the tiny "M" e-mail icon at the bottom of this post.) Thank you for your continued support for Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary

Encounter GPTS: A Campus Preview for Prospective Students

On the eve of the 2016 Spring Conference, Greenville Seminary will again host an open house for prospective students. Encounter GPTS 2016 will be held on March 7 and 8.

The event will again include opportunities for would-be students to tour the campus, attend classes and a special chapel service, meet faculty and students, participate in a panel discussion, and attend the main Spring Conference as guest of the seminary.

Prospective students and their guests are invited to a special lunch in the Student Commons on Monday, March 7, at 11:30 a.m. This is a great time to mingle and fellowship with current students, faculty and staff of the seminary.

If you are considering a seminary education, this is an excellent opportunity to learn more about GPTS, enhance your understanding about a theological education, and inform your decision-making about choosing a seminary. Register now to attend.

To download a printable brochure, go here.

Psalm 119, Confessing Our Hope, and Other A/V Resources

Psalm 119 Chapel Sermon Series

We have received a number of inquiries about where to find Dr. Joseph A. Pipa, Jr.'s running series of chapel sermons on Psalm 119.

The sermons are available in two locations:

Video at Greenville Seminary's YouTube Channel. Click here.
Video and Audio at the GPTS SermonAudio pages: Click here.

The first few lessons in this series, which began in February 2015, are available only in audio format. The first can be heard here.

Beginning with Psalm 119:65-72, the sermon series has been available on video as well. Here is that lesson:

A new broadcast of our internet radio program "Confessing Our Hope" is available. In this addition, President Pipa again answers listeners' questions during the 18th edition of "Faith and Practice." In this broadcast, Dr. Pipa answers questions on apologetics, women and theological education, women blogging, the use of social media by Christians, and more.

Listen here.

For more information about the podcast and access to all past broadcasts, visit the Confessing Our Hope web site.

Dr. Pipa to Teach Preaching Course in Korea

Greenville Seminary President Dr. Joseph A. Pipa, Jr. will return to Korea in January to teach his course on preaching at the Korean Institute for Reformed Preaching.

The course will be taught during January 11-13 at the institute in Seoul. Dr. Pipa will also be preaching at the Yanguimoon Presbyterian Church in Seoul on January 10.

Changwon Shu
The KIRP, chaired by Rev. Changwon Shu, seeks to promote conservative Reformed-Puritan preaching through conferences, the translation of sound literature (such as Gospel Worship by Jeremiah Burroughs and other Puritans, Hebrews by A.W. Pink, and books by Martyn Lloyd-Jones), and the publication of a bimonthly periodical called the Banner of Truth. Seventy per cent of the articles are translated from the United Kingdom's Banner of Truth associated with Banner of Truth Trust and the remainder of the articles are contributed by Rev. Shu and other Korean pastors.

The institute focuses on the Biblical Preaching and Reformed Theology in the ministry of the Word. It meets twice a year with special speakers from either the United Kingdom or the United States.

Read an interview with Rev. Shu conducted during a visit to GPTS in 2010.

GPTS Founding Trustee Goes Home to Glory

One of the last remaining charter member of the Greenville Seminary Board of Trustees, Mr. William Howard “Bill” Huffman, has gone to be with the Lord. Mr. Huffman died at the age of 86 on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at his home in Burlington, North Carolina.

A native of Rock Hill, South Carolina, Bill was the husband of Ellen Walker Huffman, who survives, and the son of the late William Howard Taft Huffman and the late Madge Mickle Huffman.

In 1988, he became a founding trustee of the Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He was also among the founders of the Presbyterian Church in America.

Bill graduated from Duke University in 1950, with a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering. He and Ellen moved to Burlington in 1951, with Western Electric and retired from AT&T/Lucent in 1987, having worked on the Nike missile and sonar-towed-array projects, among others.

Following his graduation from Duke, Bill remained an avid Duke fan, supporting Duke football even in “years of famine,” of which there were many.

Prior to joining First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Burlington, Bill was active in Northside Presbyterian Church beginning in the 1950s, where he taught the Senior High Sunday School class and served as Sunday School Superintendent. Following a stint as deacon, he served as an elder at Northside from the age of 32 and was a delegate to the December 1973 Birmingham, Alabama convention that formed the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) denomination.

Following his retirement from AT&T, he and Ellen served the PCA for ten years, traveling the Southeast for the denomination’s Christian Education Committee.

In addition to his wife of 66 years, Ellen, he is survived by three sons and a daughter: William H. Huffman, Jr., and his wife, Debby, of Winston-Salem, N.C,; John R. Huffman and his wife, Anne, of Cary, N.C.; David R. Huffman and his wife, Robin, of Burlington; and Anne M. Huffman, of Raleigh, N.C. He dearly loved his six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

The funeral service was held Friday, November 13, 2015. Burial was at Alamance Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, 2250 Saddle Club Road, Burlington or Gideons International, Alamance West Camp, PO Box 565, Burlington, NC 27216-0565.

Pastor Enrichment: Auditing "The Reformed Pastor"

Dr. Shishko
Pastors and church elders are invited to audit an advanced-level course designed especially for such office-bearers during the 2016 Winter Term at Greenville Seminary. The course is "The Reformed Pastor" (AT40), taught by Adjunct Professor William Shishko, Jan. 6-9 and 11-13.

This intensive course is a study of the day-to-day responsibilities of a local pastor, covering the role of the pastor as administrator, ruler, teacher, counselor, and friend. Class hours are 9:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. on all seven days of the course period. The listener fee for this class is $120.

Also available for auditing during the Winter Term are three other classes (see our web site for course descriptions):

  • Presbyterian Church History (HT10) - Jan. 11-15 — Dr. Nick Willborn • ($60)
  • Introduction to Homiletics (AT20) - Jan. 11-15, 18-22 — Mr. Breno Macedo • ($90)
  • Reformed Worship (AT30) - Jan 4-8 — Dr. Joseph Pipa, Jr. • ($60)
Auditing, also referred to a "listening," does not provide the student with academic credit but is intended to enrich the listener with knowledge in the field of the course. The student is generally expected not to engage extensively in class discussion or place normal student demands on the instructor. The auditing courses during the Winter Term is limited to on-campus attendance only. Class hours are listed on the registration form linked below.

Mr. Shishko is the long-standing senior pastor of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church of Franklin Square on Long Island, N.Y. He is retiring from that position in the near future, and this will be his final offering as adjunct professor at GPTS.

If you are interested in auditing any of these classes, go to the registration form here. Auditors are not required to pay any late registration fee. 

Memorialize 2015

The Memorial Brink Plaza

If this year has included significant events, such as the passing of a loved one or an especially memorable matter, why not commemorate it with a setting in the Greenville Seminary Memorial Brick Plaza.

There are still many spaces left for your brick. This is a wonderful way for individuals, families, churches and businesses to become a permanent part of our campus. Family, alumni, friends or church groups can request that their bricks be placed together. Each single brick can have up to three lines of text with up to 20 characters per line (including spaces).

Cost per brick:
Individuals or families = $100.00
Churches, Businesses or Corporations - $250.00
Order you brick(s) here: Order Form

Pay for your brick order here (you can specify quantity before checkout):

Donor Type

For more information on the "buy a brick" program please contact our development office.

Smile: You're on Supporting GPTS

When you shop at AmazonSmile for your year-end gifts or anytime, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Bookmark the link and support us every time you shop. 

Through Aug. 15th, the latest full report, GPTS received $392.58 in donations through AmazonSmile. We received another $83.58 in November. Keep up the good work!

Be sure to log on to and not the regular web address. All the site content is the same, but you will be supporting GPTS by using the "smile" address.